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US drops charges against Pakistan envoy

February 06, 2003 09:59 IST

The New York City district attorney has dropped investigations against Munir Akram, Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, for allegedly assaulting his companion in December last year.

Reports in the Pakistani media said the district attorney has conveyed her decision to drop the investigations following lack of evidence.

"I look forward to serving the national interests of Pakistan at the United Nations and in the Security Council as it takes up issues of vital concerns to International community and Pakistan," Akram was quoted as saying by The News daily after he learnt about the attorney's decision.

The US had asked Pakistan to withdraw Akram's diplomatic immunity after NYC prosecutors sought to bring misdemeanour assault charges against him.

On December 10, the NYC police were summoned by an emergency call to a residence at 47 East, 92nd Street in Manhattan, police officials said.

Marijana Mihic, 35, told the operator that her husband had smashed her head into a wall and that her arm hurt, according to the police dispatcher's notes of the conversation. She said the man had hit her before.

"Female caller states husband has diplomatic immunity," the dispatcher noted. When police officers arrived, Mihic said that Akram, 57, was her 'boyfriend', [not husband].

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