An American citizen who was deported from Pakistan and blacklisted years ago has been arrested upon returning to the country, officials said Saturday.
Matthew Barrett was expelled from Pakistan in 2011, the ministry said in a statement. But he somehow managed to whisk in through the suspected connivance or negligence on part of the immigration officials at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad.
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency officials arrested Mathew Craig Barrett from an Islamabad guest house, said Sarfaraz Hussain, a spokesman for the country's Interior Ministry.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grant of a Pakistani visa to Matthew Craig Barrett.
The minister has already suspended an assistant director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), as well as immigration staff that were on duty when Barrett was cleared by authorities at the airport. An interior ministry statement said that action would also be initiated against officials at the Pakistani consulate in Houston, who were responsible for issuing him a visa.
He said Barrett was deported in 2011 after being found in the area of a sensitive installation. He did not elaborate but said, "If someone was blacklisted there should have been something serious."
Barrett, a 33-year-old Alabama native, was arrested May 2011 in the Fateh Jang area near a highly secretive military research facility.