Pakistani authorities have reportedly prevented an American diplomat involved in a deadly vehicle accident from leaving Pakistan after a USA military plane arrived specifically to fly him out of the country.
As a result, a U.S. Air Force C130 flown in to Pakistan's Nur Khan air base outside Islamabad was forced to leave without him on Friday, Geo TV and the two newspapers reported. Mr Hall was involved in a fatal accident and his case is being heard in Islamabad High Court, which the other day declared that he does not enjoy immunity.
Tensions between the US and Pakistan have been rising over the fatal accident, which infuriated many Pakistanis and has resulted in the two countries restricting the movement of each other's remaining diplomats, Reuters reported.
Colonel Hall is accused of involvement in a road accident in which his auto ran a red light and killed a motorcyclist named Ateeq Baig in the capital, Islamabad, on April 7.
Colonel Hall on April 7 jumped a traffic signal in Islamabad and hit a motorbike carrying two men.
On Saturday, Hall was prevented from boarding a U.S. plane, the latest twist in a dispute that has raised anti-American sentiment in Pakistan, a security ally that is increasingly at odds with the United States on major issues.
Col Hall had escaped arrest because of diplomatic immunity but a first information report (FIR) regarding the incident was registered with Kohsar Police Station. The move comes after the US required Pakistani diplomats to get permission five days in advance to travel more than 25 miles from their embassy.
Relations were further strained when Trump stated publicly that Islamabad has "given us nothing but lies & deceit" in a tweet posted earlier this year.
In what the Times described as retaliation, Pakistan placed travel restrictions on United States diplomats based in the country in a sign of worsening relations between the two countries.
'This is a development that could well develop into a full-blown crisis for relations if it's not resolved soon, ' said South Asia expert at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington Michael Kugelman.