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American arrested in Pakistan for overstaying

Mathew Craig came to Pak 2 years ago on a multiple-entry business visa that expired 2 months ago.

Islamabad: An American national has been arrested from his residence in the Pakistani capital for overstaying after the expiry of his visa, police said on Saturday.

Mathew Craig came to Pakistan two years ago on a multiple-entry business visa that expired two months ago.

Police raided his home yesterday and took him into custody, officials said.

He was put in the lock-up at Golra police station after a case was registered against him under the Foreigners Act. He would later be produced in court, the officials said.

Craig, who is married to a Pakistani woman, was supposed to leave Pakistan by June 04.

He had stayed for some months in Abbottabad, the garrison city where Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces on May 02.

The American had been under observation by intelligence agencies for some months and had recently changed his residence, a media report said.