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Pak diplomats movements to be restricted in US

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The US government has placed restrictions on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the country in a tit for tat restriction enforced by the country.
According to earlier media reports, the Trump administration had notified Pakistan recently that from May 1, diplomats at their embassy in Washington and at consulates in other cities would not be able to travel beyond 40 km of their offices without permission.

According to this notification, diplomats would need to apply for permission at least five days ahead of an intended travel outside the imposed 40km radius.

Officials from both the countries, the US and Pakistan, however, have made it clear that the notice had nothing to do with the case of an American military attache at the US embassy in Islamabad, who is charged with causing the death of a Pakistani national and injuring another in a road accident.
Speaking to reporters, an senior official said, ‘Our diplomats are under travel restrictions. They can travel further, but they have to notify the government of Pakistan’.

The official also downplayed the impact of the US decision by adding that such practices were very common in diplomacy , and instead of focusing on this the need was to look at continued engagement between the two countries, the Dawn reported.

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