Another US Diplomat Hits Bikers In Pakistan, Arrested

Second Secretary of US Embassy Islamabad Chad Rex Ausburn hits motorcyclists near Parliament House

US embassy's security official booked for manhandling police

Two motorcyclists were injured after being hit by a auto driven by Rex Ausburn, second secretary at the USA embassy, on Sunday night on Constitution Avenue near the Pak Secretariat Complex.

"On Monday, a first information report (FIR) was lodged in the Secretariat police station against Islam with Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Yousuf as the complainant", reported Dawn News. The two injured were indentified as Nazakat Aslam Awan and Muhammad Waseem.

Police on Monday booked the motorcyclist, who was hit by a vehicle driven by an American diplomat on Sunday night, for negligent driving.

Auburn was later taken into custody and shifted to the Secretariat police station.

Police, who were on duty nearby, immediately responded to the emergency and shifted both the motorcyclists to PIMS. Police also reportedly booked the chief security officer of the embassy, Taimoor Pirzada, for confronting law enforcers after the incident. A fast-moving SUV, driven by the United States defence and air attaché, Col Joseph Emanuel Hall, jumped the lights and hit the motorcycle riding two men at a traffic signal, killing one Atiq Baig (22) while his cousin Raheel Ahmed also suffered injuries.

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Auburn enjoys diplomatic immunity, so can not be detained or arrested by the police.

Raja Khalid, deputy attorney general, informed the high court in Islamabad last Tuesday that the USA defense attaché could neither be tried nor arrested because the Vienna Conventions guarantee immunity to designated diplomats against criminal jurisdiction. Police officials had said he would not be released until they received a written letter from the Foreign Office. The Police allowed the USA diplomat to leave after recording his statement.

Alice Wells, a senior State Department official, visited Islamabad to discuss the case with senior Pakistani officials, but the diplomatic tussle remains unresolved and ties between the two countries appear increasingly frayed.

In 2011, a C.I.A. security officer, Raymond A. Davis, shot and killed two armed men in the eastern city of Lahore, causing a countrywide outrage.

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