LAHORE, Pakistan – A Pakistani court delayed a hearing Thursday on whether a U.S. Embassy worker detained for fatally shooting two Pakistani men has diplomatic immunity. The decision came a day after a visiting U.S. senator pressed for a quick resolution to avert a meltdown in the countries' relations.
The chief justice of the Lahore High Court agreed to a government request for a three-week delay to allow it more time to prepare its position on the issue of immunity. The hearing was rescheduled for March 14.
The case is straining Washington's already troubled relationship with Pakistan, a key partner in the war in Afghanistan and in battling al-Qaida and other Islamic militant networks.