Pakistani authorities have barred a US diplomat, involved in a road accident that killed a motorcyclist in the capital Islamabad, from leaving the country.
According to the USA decision, Pakistani diplomats, at the embassy in Washington and four consulates in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and Chicago, will need to stay within 25 miles (40 kilometres) of the city of their posting.
In what is being dubbed as a tit-for-tat move, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Friday imposed travel restrictions on American diplomats in the country as similar restrictions on the movement of Pakistani diplomats in the US.
However, according to the correspondent, the FIA team is awaiting orders from the top authorities to released the United States official.
Sources said that the United States diplomat wasn't present at the airbase but would reach there after being allowed to leave the country.
The US Air Force C-130 flew into Islamabad at 11.15am from Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.
The Islamabad High Court on Friday on a petition filed by the deceased's father ruled that the USA diplomat does not have absolute immunity in the country.
Hall is accused of running a red light and killing Ateeq Baig on April 7.
United Airforce C130 airplane at Nur Khan Airbase Rawalpindi on Saturday to carry Military Attache Col Joseph Emanuel Hall returned without the diplomat as the Interior Ministry refused to issue him NOC, sources informed Geo News.
He was reportedly sloshed while driving the white Land Cruiser that hit three motorcyclists at a traffic signal.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Pakistan had also imposed travel restrictions on U.S. diplomats in the country following a similar decision by the USA administration.
The measures are likely to strain ties between the two sides.
American diplomats have long complained about harassment from police and security officials in Pakistan, who repeatedly get stopped and ticketed for petty offenses that take valuable time and energy to resolves.