Pakistani arrested US Citizen on valid Visa document on spy charges

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  1. sayareakd

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...c41096-5c07-11e6-9767-f6c947fd0cb8_story.html

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American citizen previously deported from Pakistan on charges of espionage was arrested Saturday in the Pakistani capital for illegally reentering the country, officials said.

    Officials with Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency said Matthew Barrett was seized at a guesthouse in the capital and taken into custody, hours after immigration officials at the international airport in nearby Rawalpindi were found to have mistakenly granted him entry.


    Barrett was deported from Pakistan in 2011 and barred from returning after being found in the area of a “sensitive installation,” the Interior Ministry said in a statement. He was charged with spying on Pakistan’s nuclear facilities, the ministry said. The government has a large nuclear arsenal and development program, which has been a source of U.S. sanctions and bilateral tension.

    There has been no comment from U.S. officials, and no further information about Barrett was immediately known except that he obtained his visa at the Pakistani consulate in Houston. Officials said he used false documents to enter the country, but it was not known whether he was traveling under his real name. He has been charged with violating immigration laws.

    The incident immediately recalled the case of Raymond Davis, a CIA civilian contractor who was arrested in Pakistan, also in 2011, after fatally shooting two men on the streets of Lahore. Pakistani officials said he had been surveilling and photographing government facilities there. The men had been following him on a motorbike and approached his car with guns drawn.


    Davis was charged with murder and scheduled for trial, but he was instead allowed to leave the country in a deal with judiciary officials that inflamed anti-U.S. sentiment across Pakistan and threatened to derail the close but politically fraught relationship between U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies.

    The CIA contractor’s activities exposed what has been called a secret U.S. war inside Pakistan to spy on Islamist militant groups, some of which have close ties to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. Davis was said to be among a large covert army of spies operating across Pakistan.

    Pakistani officials said several immigration officials at the airport in Rawalpindi and one at the consulate in Houston are under investigation for allowing Barrett to enter the country despite being blacklisted. One senior airport officer has been suspended.



    Constable reported from Kabul.
     
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    poor guy was visiting his wife and two kids on visa issued in his name
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    here is his passport in his name

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    his visa issued by Pakistan

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    his wife and kids, whom he wanted to visit.

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    He's being held by the FIA, not the ISI.
    Eventhough I expect a big media drama, we all know he'll be allowed to return to the USA.
     
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    Can you arrest him for having valid visa issued by Pakistan
     
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    I fear for the safety of his wife and kids since she married a non muzlim and a paki whaccko might try honour kill her and the children.
     
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    Poor guy want to visit wife and children, applied for Pakistani Visa for family visit and surprise he get visa. He reached Pakistan to meet his wife and Children and he is arrested. Its Shocking.
     
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    He is in custody indeed. News is coming in, including lot of speculations and conspiracy theories by our yellow media. But what I understand is that he entered Pakistan on forged passport with a different name. Authorities in Houston must be complicit as they failed to do cross checking.
    It's the Blackwater saga all over again when about 5000 Americans were allowed into the country under Zardari.
    Is Nawaz govt part of this? I won't be surprised if they were.
     
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    He was deported on spy charges and declared persona non grata. If he wanted to see his family, he should have chosen a legal and practical way and asked his wife to meet him in Dubai or Istanbul instead.
     
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    he has properly applied for Visa, what more you can ask him. Your country could have refused the visa. Arresting him after granting visa, looks like right hand dont know that left is doing............:rofl:
     
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    Thats paki way of screwing Umrica !:rofl:
    USA had so much confidence in paki intel sharing arrangement and US never knew where Osama was hiding...and the place turned out to be a fort inside the paki defence fort.

    So much for espionage skills:clap2::clap2:
     
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    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed FIA to prepare a new policy framework about immigration to avoid issuance of visa to a blacklisted foreigner.




    He was chairing a meeting about immigration and issuance of visas to foreigners in Islamabad on Sunday. The meeting, which reviewed the matter of issuance of visa to American national Mathew Barrett despite being blacklisted, developed an understanding that no Pakistani embassy should issue visa to a foreigner without permission from the interior ministry.


    The preliminary investigation report about this incident was presented to the Interior Minster.

    According to the report, a visa officer of Pakistani embassy deputed in Houston, who issued the visa to Mathew Barret and the FIA official who committed negligence and allowed the American blacklisted national to enter Islamabad, were held responsible for the incident.

    Meanwhile, the interior ministry spokesperson said it is premature and inappropriate to call the arrested Mathew Barrett a spy.

    He said the reasons for which Mathew Barrett was blacklisted in 2011 did not include espionage provision.

    http://www.radio.gov.pk/07-Aug-2016/interior-minister-reviews-blacklisted-us-citizen-s-issue
     
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