Islamabad: US national has been arrested
for allegedly scouting nuclear facilities near the Pakistani
capital and is expected to be deported soon as the Interior
Ministry has already cancelled his visa.
Matthew Craig Barrett, 27, was remanded to judicial
custody for 14 days by a court in Islamabad yesterday
following his arrest from sector I-11 of Islamabad on Friday.
He was then taken to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
Police said the Interior Ministry had ordered him to
leave Pakistan by June 4 and his continued presence in the
country violated the Foreigners Act.
The Interior Ministry had written to the Additional
Inspector General (Special Branch) of Islamabad to trace
Barrett after he escaped from Fateh Jang area last month
following a scuffle with security officials.
Fateh Jang is considered a sensitive area because several
nuclear facilities are located there.
Barrett was "blacklisted" by the Interior Ministry, which
cancelled his visa last month.
Police said arrangements were being made to deport
Barrett to the US at the earliest.
Till the completion of his remand or arrangements for his
deportation, Barrett will be held in Adiala Jail.
Security agencies had been on Barrett`s trail for a long
time following his visits to sensitive installations,
including nuclear facilities, at Jhang Bahtar near Fateh Jang
and other suspicious activities, media reports said.
Barrett had married a Pakistani woman from Islamabad
three-and-a-half years ago. The couple have two children.
Born on 4 June 1984, Barrett belongs to Alabama state in
the US. He has contended that he had done nothing wrong and
was being made a victim of the strained ties between Pakistan
and the US.