Islamabad Police books US embassy Security Officer for confronting police

Islamabad Police books US embassy Security Officer for confronting police
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ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Police has reportedly booked the chief security officer of the US embassy for confronting law enforcers after the car accident in capital yesterday night.

The diplomat was handed over to Foreign Office (FO) officials last night after recording his statement at the police station. The incident took place on Islamabad’s Constitution Avenue on Sunday night.

Police said Nazakat Aslam Awan and Mohammad Waseem were riding a motorcycle when they were hit by a vehicle on Constitution Avenue near the Pak Secretariat complex at around 9:40pm.

The car was being driven by US Embassy Second Secretary Chad Rex Ausburn. Police, who were on duty nearby, immediately responded to the emergency and shifted both the motorcyclists to PIMS.

Ausburn produced his diplomatic card issued by the foreign office along with a valid driving licence to police. Subsequently, authorities shifted both the car and the diplomat to the Secretariat Police Station for legal formalities.

SSP-Operations Najeebur Rehman Bugvi had said the diplomat would not be released until the Foreign Office verifies his diplomatic status and immunity. “Police have prepared an SOP to deal with such incidents, and as per the SOP diplomatic document would not be accepted by the police [for release] without its verification by the Foreign Office,” he said.

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