Pakistan to have new envoy as USA imposes restrictions

The movement of Pakistani diplomatic staff's limited to 40 kilometres from their posts

The movement of Pakistani diplomatic staff's limited to 40 kilometres from their posts

In an apparent tit-for-tat, Pakistan placed retaliatory travel restrictions Friday on American diplomats and withdrew concessions it had granted to USA missions, dealing a major fresh blow to what has been described as "strayed" bilateral relations.

The US government has sent an official notice in this regard to the Pakistani embassy.

Additionally, non-diplomatic number plates given to hide diplomatic status for protection will also be taken back, it added.

Earlier, the restrictions were to come into effect from May 1, but they were deferred as the two sides made a decision to resolve the issue.

Following this allegation, Trump's administration turned down Islamabad's request to put the name of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader Umer Khalid Khurasani also known as Abdul Wali, a terrorist listed on the UNSC sanctions committee's list.

The United States had initially planned to initiate the restrictions on the 1st of May, but the move was stalled till the 11th of May.

Pakistan had earlier attacked the United States saying that the top militant leaders are residing inside Afghanistan under the full view of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the USA troops.

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Earlier, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Aizaz Chaudhry confirmed that, from today, Pakistani diplomatic staff and their families would need permission at least five days in advance, if they needed to travel outside of the imposed 25-mile radius in the US.

Congressman Norcross said that Pakistan and India both faced the same security challenges, which also concerned the United States.

Addressing a meeting of the Pakistani American Congress on Capitol Hill, a Congressman, Donald Norcros, called for dialogue to ease tension, adding, "And if (by imposing those restrictions) we are inhibiting conversation, I do not think that's a smart thing to do".

It has been further reported that back-door negotiations are underway between the two countries.

Both developments come amid increasing tensions between the USA and Pakistan, which were once close allies in the 'war against terrorism'.

Congressman Thomas R. Suozzi, a New York Democrat, put it bluntly, saying that in the USA "everyone is focused now on the Afghan-Pakistan border, not Kashmir".

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