The Foreign Office on Sunday summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale to register a strong protest against the killing of a Pakistani citizen by the US Defence Attach Col Joseph Emanuel Hall who broke traffic signal while driving and hit motorcyclists in Islamabad.
The fast-moving SUV, said to be driven by Col Joseph Emanuel Hall — the defence and air attaché at the US embassy in Islamabad — jumped the lights and hit a motorcycle carrying two men at a traffic signal. As a result, a man, Atiq Baig, died due to a head injury and his cousin Raheel Ahmed suffered injuries.
“The US ambassador was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a strong protest was lodged by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on the tragic death of the motorcyclist and serious injury to the co-rider in the traffic accident on Saturday that involved a US diplomat,” read the press release issued on Sunday by the FO.
“The envoy expressed his deep sympathy and sadness over the loss of life and assured that the embassy would fully cooperate in the investigation,” the statement added.
The foreign secretary conveyed that “justice will take its course in accordance with the law of the land and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961”.
The US Embassy, in a statement, expressed its “deep sympathy to the family of the deceased and those injured in the tragic traffic accident”.
Baig, 22, was buried on Sunday. A large number of friends, family and area residents participated in the funeral prayers but no government official or prominent political figure was present.
According to the deceased’s uncle, his nephew was a BA student working at a hotel to make money on the side.