Pakistan revokes special preivileges granted to USA diplomats

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Pakistan is considering imposing reciprocal restrictions on United States diplomats in Pakistani cities, official sources said, as USA lawmakers advised the Trump administration not to take measures that inhibit conversation.

According to the notification issued by the ministry issued to the US Embassy in Islamabad, the reciprocal measures include travel restrictions and treating US diplomatic cargo at Pakistani airports and ports in accordance with the Vienna Convention's Article 27 "which does not provide for an exemption from scanning".

If they wish to travel beyond these limitations, they must take prior approval at least five days before their scheduled date of travel.

However, Pakistan has four consulates and one embassy in the United States.

A former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Jalil Abbas Jilani, said in a tweet the restrictions are "a sign of strayed" relations and called on both countries to fix them.

Pakistan's Ambassador to America, Mr Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry further clarified that the restrictions applied to Pakistani diplomats falling under the A1 and A2 categories.

That apart, Pakistan said that U.S. diplomats who used biometrically unverified and unregistered cell phones in the country would not be allowed this privilege any more.

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

He further accused the worldwide bodies of having double standards in terms of fighting terrorism and disregarding Pakistan's sacrifices for curbing terrorism.

In April 2018, the United States administration revealed that the USA would impose restrictions on Pakistan if the Pakistani government will not provide the U.S. diplomats ease in travel.

A frustrated President Donald Trump issued a New Year's Day tweet, saying the USA had given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid and gotten nothing but "lies and deceit" in return.

She noted that a large number of US nationals had been working with different NGOs and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan, and called for their expulsion from the country.

Friday's restrictions come as an American diplomat involved in a recent fatal road accident has been barred from leaving Pakistan until a court announces its verdict on how to hold him accountable in the wake of immunity he enjoys under global diplomatic conventions.

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