US Defence and Air Attaché Colonel Emanual Joseph does not enjoy the absolute immunity, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruled today.

The IHC also granted two weeks to Ministry of Interior Affairs to put Colonel Joseph name on Exit Control List (ECL).

The Islamabad High court announced its reserved verdict on the killing a youngster, Ateeq Baig in a road accident on April 7.

During the hearing of the petition filed by the deceased’s father, the court ruled that US diplomat does not have absolute immunity.

Earlier Colonel Joseph was let go by the Islamabad police as per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 which gave the diplomat immunity from criminal prosecution.

 IHC judge, Justice Aamer Farooq also directed the interior ministry to decide over placing the diplomat’s name on ECL.

The ministry has already blacklisted the diplomat and submitted a report in IHC.

on the orders of AIG Islamabad Asmatullah Junejo one of Joseph’s security officials was also arrested for hindering police officials from performing their duty. 

On April 8, A motorcyclist was crushed to death and another sustained critical injuries when a speeding vehicle driven by an American diplomat hit their bike on the Margalla Road at Zoo Square.

The incident took place within the limits of Police Station Kohsar. The deceased was identified as Ateeq Baig and injured as Raheel Ahmed.

According to the sources Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, Defence and Air Attache, Embassy of the United States of America, Islamabad was driving the vehicle.

Police took the US diplomat into custody and shifted him to the police station, besides impounding his vehicle.

However, sources said, later police released the US diplomat. SSP (Operations) Islamabad Najib ur Rehman Bagvi was not available for his comments on the issue.