Interior ministry starts process to put US diplomat’s name on ECL

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The process to put US diplomat’s name on Exit Control List (ECL) has been started by the interior ministry.

Dr Sultan Azeez Temuri, Inspector General (IG) of said that the federal police on Monday requested the interior ministry via letter to put Col Joseph’s name on ECL.

The interior ministry was informed by the federal police that Col Joseph was criminally charged by the police which includes murder by mistake or rash or negligent driving.

Therefore, the diplomat must have to be present for investigation.

Dr Temuri also said that the director general (DG) Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also affirmed that all needed arrangements were made to keep Col Joseph from leaving Pakistan.

IGP also stated that the diplomat is possessing valid driving licence issued by the Islamabad Traffic Police. He further said that ITP has been asked to cancel the licence.

A day earlier, Federal police department Monday wrote a letter to authorities to put Col Joseph’s name, an Air attaché and US diplomat involved in a car accident in Islamabad, on Exit Control List (ECL).

The incident took place on Saturday near Daman-e-koh Chowk. One of the injured person, Attique Baig, succumbed to his injuries.

The fair and impartial investigation is being carried out without fear or favour in the domain of law in motorcyclists hit incident near Daman-e-Koh Chowk, a police spokesperson said.

In a press statement, he said police was in close liaison with the bereaved family and updating it with the legal course of action while the investigation was being carried out in the matter.

He assured that the investigation will be fair, transparent and as per cannon of justice irrespective of who was who.

It is pertinent to mention here that a motorcyclists hit by the vehicle of US diplomat near Daman-e-Koh Chowk last day succumbed to his injuries.

According to details, two motorcyclists Attique Baig and Raheel Ahmed were injured last day after being hit by a land cruiser driven by Col.Joseph Air attaché and diplomat of US Embassy. One of the injured person Attique Baig succumbed to his injuries while Raheel Ahmed was under treatment.

Police acted strictly as per law and laid down procedure. Police responded forthwith on the scene of occurrence where the man inside the vehicle introduced himself to be Col. Joseph Air attache and diplomat of US Embassy, the spokesperson added.

He also showed ID card duly issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan declaring his status as a diplomat and claimed diplomatic immunity.

He along with vehicle was brought to Police Station Kohsar and FIR about the incident was lodged under proper sections of law against him. The card by Ministry of Foreign Affairs declaring him diplomat is also attached.

He was also interrogated meanwhile Security officials of US embassy reached and exhibited security immunity. Under Article 29 of Vienna Convention 1961 to which Pakistan is also signatory; a diplomat can neither be arrested nor detained.

As it was a weekend, Col. Joseph status as diplomat and veracity of card issued by MOFA to that count was telephonically also confirmed from the ministry which verified it.

Thus he was handed over to US embassy security staff and his vehicle, MOFA issued card and driving license taken into custody as per laid down procedure, the spokesman added.

Monitoring Desk