Islamabad police register case against biker hit by US embassy vehicle for negligent driving
Islamabad: A US embassy vehicle driven by a diplomat hit and injured two motorcyclists in Islamabad on Sunday night in the second such incident in the capital city, Islamabad police said.
The incident comes only weeks after US Defence and Air attaché hit and killed a motorcyclist and injured another in Islamabad. However, this time, Islamabad police on Monday registered a case for reckless driving against the motorcyclist, who was injured after being hit by a US embassy official’s car.
On Sunday night, the US embassy’s Second Secretary Chad Rex Auburn hit a biker, injuring the rider, Nazakat Aslam Awan and his pillion passenger Mohammad Waseem.
The diplomat initially refused to come out of the car but upon the police’s arrival, he identified himself. Auburn was later taken into custody and shifted to the Secretariat police station. 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.
The motorcyclists suffered minor injuries in the accident. They were immediately shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Hospital and have been discharged now.
Police declared that the accident was a result of Nazakat’s “negligence and recklessness” and he has been charged with Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). A first information report (FIR) was lodged on Monday in the Secretariat police station against Aslam with Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Yousuf as the complainant.
Another case was lodged in the same police station against the chief security officer of the US embassy in Islamabad, Taimoor Pirzada, for misbehaving with police following the road accident.
The FIR claimed that Pirzada attacked and misbehaved with the Station House Officer Abdul Sattar — who is the complainant — and attempted to stop police from shifting the car and its driver involved in the accident to the station.
Pirzada was reportedly charged and arrested under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the PPC.
This is the second such accident in Islamabad in three weeks involving an American official. In the first week of April, a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a vehicle driven by a US diplomat. Defence and air attaché at the US embassy Col Joseph Emanuel Hall was driving a white SUV when he hit Ateeq and Raheel travelling on a motorbike resulting in the death of Ateeq whereas Raheel suffered serious injuries.
Hall’s name has since been placed on Pakistan’s ‘black list’ preventing him from leaving the country as a court case is pending against him.