ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday summoned the U.S. Ambassador and a protest was lodged over the killing of a motorcyclist by an American diplomat in the capital Islamabad at the weekend, officials said.
Police earlier said that the American military attaché’s car on Saturday hit and killed at the scene a Pakistani national in Islamabad. Two others on the bike were also injured.
“The U.S. Ambassador was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today and a strong protest was lodged by the Foreign Secretary on the tragic death of the motorcyclist and serious injury to the co-rider in the traffic accident yesterday that involved a U.S. diplomat,” the foreign ministry said.
The U.S. Ambassador expressed his deep sympathy and sadness over the loss of life and assured that the Embassy would fully cooperate in the investigation, a foreign ministry statement said.
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, the statement further said.
The Islamabad police say a Bullet Proof Parado of the U.S. embassy bearing Reg number CD 64-48 & QM 058 hit 3 bike riders at traffic single of the scenic Damam-e-Koh while signal closed at 02.25 p.m. local time.
“Diplomat Col Joseph Military Attaché was driving rashly,” a police statement said.
The statement said one rider got killed and two seriously injured and evacuated to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences.
Later the vehicle along its American driver taken into the area police station where he refused to get down and kept himself locked inside vehicle.
“But now the American fled away from police custody and the Embassy officials following the case with Police,” the statement said. – NNI