( CNN) Pakistan has relented and allowed a US diplomat accused of passing a red light and killing a motorcycle motorist to leave the country but the incident has been previously strained ties between the two uncomfortable allies.

Pakistan had initially was of the view that he couldn’t leave because he was the subject of a criminal investigation but Washington was contended that Hall’s diplomatic immunity shielded him from legal action in Pakistan.

Washington’s refusal to give ground has further deepened strains in a relationship that’s been on a collision course ever since the Trump administration announced its South Asia strategy last-place August.

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