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Jamsheed Marker: ‘World’s longest-serving’ Pakistani ambassador passes away

ISLAMABAD: Seasoned Pakistani diplomat Jamsheed Marker, who also holds the record of longest-serving ambassador in the world,  passed away in Karachi on Thursday. He was 95. Marker still holds of the honour of having been "ambassador to more countries than any other person for over 30 years.” Marker, served for three decades in various important embassies of Pakistan, but reached the most successful phase of his career with his back-to-back appointments as Pakistani Ambassador to Bonn, Paris and Washington DC…

US diplomat behind death of biker doesn’t have complete immunity: IHC

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ruled that the US diplomat who allegedly killed a motorcyclist in a road accident in Islamabad doesn’t enjoy absolute diplomatic immunity.  A bench of the high court gave its verdict on a petition filed by the father of the deceased who sought travel ban for the US diplomat involved in the death of his son. It directed the Minister of Interior to decide air attache Col Joseph Emanuel’s case about placing his name on the Exit Control List (ECL) within two weeks. The…

US embassy’s security official booked for manhandling police

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police have booked the chief security officer of the US embassy for attempting to help a US diplomat, who injured two motorcyclists in a road mishap in the capital, escape from their clutches. Two motorcyclists were injured after being hit by a car driven by Rex Ausburn, second secretary at the US embassy, on Sunday night on Constitution Avenue near the Pak Secretariat Complex. The police official, who were on duty nearby, took him and his car into custody and shifted them to the Secretarial…

Another US diplomat injures two motorcyclists in road accident

ISLAMABAD: Two motorcyclists were injured after being hit by a car driven by a US diplomat in the federal capital on Sunday night.  According to police, Rex Ausburn, a second secretary at the US embassy, driving a SUV (QN-734) hit two motorcyclists – identified as Nazakat Aslam Awan, and Muhammad Waseem – on Constitution Avenue near the Pak Secretariat complex. The road mishap happened at around 9:40pm. The two injured were shifted to PIMS for medical attention.  Awan was stated to have suffered a head injury while…

US diplomat who killed biker blacklisted, IHC told

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday that US defense and air attaché Col Joseph Emmanuel who allegedly killed a biker in a traffic accident in the federal capital has been blacklisted.  A bench of the high court was hearing a petition seeking to place the name of the US diplomat on the Exit Control List (ECL). The ministry submitted a report to the bench in response to its notice, stating that Col Joseph has been blacklisted in a case pertaining to the death of 22-year-old…

Motorcyclist killed in accident with US attache’s vehicle

ISLAMABAD: A motorcyclist was killed in a road accident after being hit by vehicle of a United States attache in Islamabad on Saturday. Father of the victim has registered a case against US military attache Colonel Joseph Emanuel at Kohsar police station.  The First Information Report (FIR) reads the envoy violated traffic signal and rammed into the motorcycle near Maraghzar Zoo around 3:00 pm which caused death of Ateeq Baig and injured his cousin Raheel Ahmed. In the CCTV footage, the defence attache can be…

Defence minister condemns harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir has strongly condemned harassment and intimidation of Delhi-based Pakistani diplomats and their families. In a statement, the minister regretted that such incidents were taking place despite raising the issue repeatedly with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. He demanded that the Indian government take concrete steps to ensure safety and security of Pakistani officials and their families. Earlier, the Foreign Office had summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P.…

‘Normalising ties’: Top Pakistan diplomat to hold talks with Trump officials

WASHINGTON: Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Tehmina Janjua will kick off her visit to the United States this week to hold talks with senior officials of the Trump administration on a host of bilateral and regional issues, reports say. Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State was quoted by the Times of India as saying that Pakistan's Foreign Secretary would be meeting the Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the State Department. The top Pakistani diplomat is also scheduled to have some…