ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United States are considering imposing restrictions on the diplomats’ movement after US Military Attache Colonel Joseph Emmanuel killed a Pakistani in an accident over the weekend here, officials said.

Reports said that the US was expected to impose restrictions on the Pakistani diplomats’ movement and require them to seek permission to move outside a 25-40 kilometre radius. The restrictions are expected to be imposed from May 1.

Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Islamabad was also considering similar restrictions on the US diplomats. One official said: “If they (the US) will impose restrictions, we will do the same. This will also help in providing security.”

He said the US had not officially communicated the decision of restrictions on the diplomats’ movement. “We had already been discussing this (restriction on diplomats’ movement) due to the security reasons. There are already some restrictions. So it will not be a tit-for-tat decision,” he said.

Last week, US Ambassador David Hale was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a strong protest was lodged by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on the death of the motorcyclist and injury to the co-rider in the traffic accident that involved US diplomat Joseph Emmanuel.

The foreign secretary conveyed to him that justice will take its course in accordance with the law of the land and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961.

The US is likely to pay ‘blood money’ to the victim families of the April 7 accident involving Colonel Emmanuel.

Colonel Emmanuel was driving the car when the accident took place on April 7. The diplomat was released by police after a brief detention, however, the vehicle of the US Consulate was shifted to the police station.

Ateeq Baig, 22, died on the spot. His cousin, Raheel, suffered a leg fracture and another was wounded. The police registered a case against the American diplomat at the Kohsar police station on behalf of Baig’s father, Mohammed Idrees. The statements of the survivors and Baig’s father were recorded by the police.

Diplomatic sources said that talks were on for payment of ‘blood money’ or compensation to the families of the deceased and the survivors.

On January 27, 2011, Remand Davis, a Central Intelligence Agency contractor, shot two men in Lahore. A car coming to rescue Davis killed the third man in a hit-and-run while speeding on the wrong side of the road. Davis was arrested. His detention severely strained relations between the US and Pakistan. It raised anti-American emotion to an all-time high in Pakistan.

Later, the CIA contractor was released on March 16 that year as the families of the two deceased men “pardoned” him after receiving blood money. Judges then acquitted him on all charges and Davis immediately returned to the US.

Another official said Pakistan and the US were trying to find a solution to the ‘accident issue.’ “We will hopefully settle this case through talks. Of course, it is an accident, not a targeted killing,” he said.