United States embassy's security official booked for manhandling police

The officer said police were reviewing the incident and had also sought help from the traffic police to fix responsibility for the accident.

The incident occurred Sunday night near Secretariat Chowk at the Constitution Avenue when the USA diplomat identified as Chad Rex Ausburn, Second Secretary at United States embassy in Islamabad crashed his vehicle, Toyota jeep (QN-374 ICT), into a motorcycle being ridden by two persons. Auburn initially refused to come out of the vehicle and stepped out and identified himself after the police arrived. However, later he let the police officials inside the vehicle. Police also impounded the vehicle and took the diplomat's cards for verification. While Ateeq gave into his injuries and died on the spot, Raheel suffered serious injuries and was shifted to a local hospital following the incident.

Nazakat has been charged with Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Pakistan Penal Code.


He said the driver was taken to a police station and would be released after the Foreign Ministry confirms his diplomatic status. The Police allowed the U.S. diplomat to leave after recording his statement. Mr. Pirzada was charged with obstruction and with using assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from carrying out duties.

Ausburn was still at the police station when this report was filed at around midnight, but it was expected he would be handed over to the U.S. embassy officials after brief legal formalities.

While there has been not yet been any indication of a heightened threat to visitors as a result of this latest road traffic accident, it is worth being aware of it. Twitter features some very angry tweets on the topic, alleging Auburn was drunk at the time of the crash. A man was killed and another was injured in the accident. The incident strained ties between Pakistan and US Davis was led out of the country after blood money was paid to the families of the victims.


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