Serious allegations: Detained US citizen faces deportation in a few days

Published: June 12, 2011
American citizen is facing deportation after his visa was cancelled by the Ministry of Interior and his name blacklisted.

American citizen is facing deportation after his visa was cancelled by the Ministry of Interior and his name blacklisted.


A US national, arrested on Friday for allegedly scouting nuclear facilities near the federal capital, was sent on a 14-day judicial remand by a trial court.

The 27-year-old, named Mathew Craig Barret, is likely to be deported in a few days. The interior ministry cancelled his visa last month, sources told The Express Tribune on the suspicion of his spying on the country’s nuclear facilities. Until he is deported, Barrett will remain in Adiyala Jail in Rawalpindi.

Police sources claimed that the interior ministry had sent a letter to the additional inspector-general (Special Branch), Islamabad, to trace Barrett’s whereabouts after he escaped from Fateh Jang last month following a scuffle with security agencies officials.

“He scuffled with security officials (manning the) outer-most cordon of the nuclear facilities after he was captured from near the area. Later, a case was registered against him with the Fateh Jang police. However, he had dodged arrest,” claimed an official of the police. After the AIG reported that he was living with a family in Sector E-11, the ministry directed the police to arrest Barrett, whose multiple business entry visa was otherwise valid till November 2 this year. The man’s visa was cancelled on May 20 after he was blacklisted.

The ministry directed the Islamabad police to deport Barrett before June 4. However, he could not be arrested before Friday, June 11.

Sources maintain that security agencies had been trailing Barrett for a long time for ‘suspicious activities’ and his visits to areas with sensitive installations, including nuclear facilities at Jhang Bahtar near Fateh Jang.

He has been married to a Pakistani girl for almost three-and-a-half years. Earlier, the couple had been living with the girl’s parents in Sector G-8/1. Later, the Barrett family moved to Sector E-11.

Security officials said Barrett told them he was “enjoying married life peacefully in Pakistan without indulging in any unlawful activity”.

Police said that, although his family did not resist the arrest, his father-in-law, who is a lawyer, later went to the ministry of interior and protested against Barrett’s arrest. He maintained that his son-in-law’s arrest was unlawful.

Once deported after being black-listed, Barrett will never be able to return to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Aslam Sher Khan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:10PM

    Bet this fellow wasnt picked up by the Rangers. Otherwise he would be history. Or maybe not. In Pakistan , rules are different for ordinary folk and Blackwater spies.Recommend

  • Rohail
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:34PM

    For crying out loud leave Americans alone!Recommend

  • 10th
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:36PM

    Back to square one? Recommend

  • T. Malik
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:28AM

    This article should have been edited before publication.Recommend

  • Jazib
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:24AM

    Just a scapegoat to make look the Raymond Davis fiasco and the police posing as worthwile or really true? If he’s a scapegoat then its sad the way we are treating foreigners in a time when literally hardly anyone without Pakistani descent visits the country anymore.Recommend

  • raawan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:46AM

    This guy was for sure commissioned to do so by the US security agencies. He must be Playing a real life drama in Pakistan by marrying the girl n having kids. Whatelse on earth makes one feel like discovering the adventures at nuclear facilities esp. in the ongoing circumstances. Amriki adventurous hein per itnay bhi nahi. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Suspicion of being a white guy – combine that with being an American and he’s obviously guilty.Recommend

  • Arif
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:56AM

    He married a muslim woman.He has 2children and he did convert to islam.

    Why our laws persecute people who are involved in lawful activity?

    As a pakistani,how can you stop me from not visiting any place?Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 2:01AM


  • Shock Horror
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:15AM

    How many Pakis are illegally overstaying their visas in United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe? Hundreds of thousands. But of course that is not a story for Pak media in the Land of the Pure!Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:24AM

    Was he wearing a suicide jacket, carrying weapons, distributing hate literature, providing material support to terrorists, sitting in dharna to support terrorists, anchoring a TV show in support of terrorists or something like that. If he is NOT involved in these patriotic activities, it means he is a confirmed criminal, therefore he must be punished.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:31AM

    This goofy looking guy hardly looks like a spyRecommend

  • raawan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:44AM

    These agents can spend their whole life in a hole if they have a purpose; here he was enjoying a perfect family life without disclosing his actual business to anyone. Come on guys don’t be over-sympathetic… Read the complete article,
    “Security agencies had been on the trail of Barrett for a long time following his visits to sensitive installations including nuclear facilities at Jhang Bahtar near Fateh Jang and other suspicious activities”
    the guy was already being tailed before they arrested him from the sensitive location. Don’t get carried away by this jazbotional family stuff please … Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @Arif: Dont you indians read, it says that he had been involved in suspicious activities and was involved in a scuffle with the security agencies. Dodged an arrest and lives in E-11 the most posh Islamabad estate. Not even a single Pakistani comment, traced all IPs.Recommend

  • Achajee
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:44AM

    He appears to be a SCAPEGOAT!Recommend

  • Tariq
    Jun 12, 2011 - 4:59AM

    Maybe Pakistan can send the money back to the US Taxpayers, and remember that it was the security guys who killed an innocent in KarachiRecommend

  • Good guy
    Jun 12, 2011 - 5:48AM

    if american is not allowed in Pakistan than why pakistani allowed in America ??????Recommend

  • Shabbir Baloch
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:41AM

    5 gone 6995 left.. Catching all these will take some time.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 8:14AM

    Good thing spy are being caught. People who were being called alarmist and conspiracy theorist are proven yet again correct. Israel and US want to remove not only Pakistan nuclear program but also kill all the scientists working on it.Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Jun 12, 2011 - 8:22AM


    Why Mr Rohail ?

    Why should we leave Americans alone ?

    You didnt explain the reasons to your request/suggestion ?

    But regardless of your explanations , its pretty clear that you are one of them tail waggers ……Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Jun 12, 2011 - 8:27AM


    Mr Arif you have not been clear in what you have been trying to say here ?

    What exactly do u mean when you hint that his activities were lawful ?

    Ofcourse , dont tell us that marrying a muslim woman and converting into Islam exempts him from being suspected of suspicious loitering and possible spying ?

    (besides , for long term spying one always has to merge into the romans and do as they do . common sense not so common ? )

    And Mr. Arif , as a Pakistani even YOU AND ME should be stopped from hanging around our sensitive areas which try to contribute to the security of our country.

    I wonder how old ( or “grown up” ) you actually are ……Recommend

  • Shahid Saeed
    Jun 12, 2011 - 9:24AM

    He does not look like a spy. The real spies are within our own services, American do not need outsiders for that purpose. Poor guy is married to a Pakistani girl with two kids. Some human rights organisation should see if he is being victimized. All of us know our forces and police are corrupt and dishonest !Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 9:44AM

    If this fellow was really spying on our sensitive assets then he should be prosecuted in the court of law. .. and if he is just being made a scapgoat then putting him on a plane back to the US would be the best option for him too. he is one lucky fellow to be getting out unharmed from Pakistan ..he should go back and tell the rest of his fellow spys that Pakistan is one place you wont want to go for such spying … I wish him a safe flight back to ALABAMARecommend

  • Ba Ha
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:32AM

    Once deported after being black-listed, Barrett will never be able to return to Pakistan.

    whoever said that deserves a tamgha of some kind. He has no idea of whats going on i believeRecommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:12AM

    You are not allowed to go near the Nuclear facilities, especially if you are a gora of any nationality. This is not only in Pakistan this is world wide.Recommend

    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:41AM

    He is innocent!

    our agencies are lying, he is living for three yeras in pakistan and has two kids, the way he courageously is speaking to media shows that he is clean, our agencies are not capable of arresting and prosecuting the spies, they just saw someone with American passport and know that he is an ordinary citizen and like living in Pakistan… so that his crime

    We are awaken nation now don’t try to deceive and mislead us with these stunts,
    let him go , he is the father of two our Pakistani kids…..Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Spies don’t come and settle down after marrying a local girl and having several kids. The security forces (hahahaha) are a joke for the people of Pakistan. For the sake of argument if this kid is a spy, then without any jail, they would only deport him? Is this not encouraging more spies to come and even if caught there would be no punishment? Spies if caught are a great bargaining chip and are not simple deported without any punishment or compensation for their return. Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Pakistan, the mighty power!Recommend

  • H W
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Wake up guys, wake up. Anyone heard of someone called Wilson. A high ranking CIA agent who defected to Libya apparently. Stayed there for ever. All of a sudden departed for a South American country. As arranged his plane was highjacked by the US government agents and this guy was arrested, apparently. So now he is back in the USA with all the vital information about Libya whatever he may have been allowed to gather being a defector.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 5:17PM

    Amazing how commentators are backing a spy even though he was spying on sensitive sites. And the rationale for having a family means he is not a spy is even more amusing. Prolefeed heading was an instant giveaway but the commentary is epic.Recommend

  • Chengez K
    Jun 12, 2011 - 5:53PM

    How come there are Americans marrying all over Pakistan…First that Mossad agent in Peshawar who was leading a married life.Now this American the nuclear spy, then the Sukkur American all on expired visas.

    Is it not amazing that Pakistani’s are trying to run from our own country & thousands of Americans are trying to stay in Pakistan on expired visas.


  • Arslan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 9:19PM

    I love the ‘he doesn’t look like a spy’. What are you expecting ? A spy should be immersed in his environment. Recommend

  • Behonest
    Jun 13, 2011 - 2:14AM

    He seems innocent. Howcome our law enforcement goes after innocent people and are unable to catch the real culprits. His innocence is believable!Recommend

  • Prison in Pakistan
    Jun 13, 2011 - 6:45AM

    No deportation for Matthew Craig Barrett.

    He must be tried in Pakistan and serve a complete prison term in Pakistan.

    He resisted arrest and escaped custody outside of a nuclear facility – innocent people do not run from law enforcement.

    This is the second American spy to marry a Pakistani woman in order to allay suspicions – Mark Dehaven in Peshawar was arrested under similar circumstances a few months ago.

    No more release of these American agents – Pakistanis’ are not given the same courtesy in the USA.

    Releasing Matthew Craig Barrett will only validate the claims that Pakistan has been sold out.

    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • NP
    Jun 13, 2011 - 8:46AM

    @Arif: Where does it say that he converted to islam?Recommend

  • Booza Boozer
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:24AM, but despite this crap, why we find so many American roaming freely in this country? Kick out every Iranian and American agent from this country. Recommend

  • Qaisar
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:37AM

    How many of us living in Islamabad, travel to to that location,hardly any?
    Please read about some of the various spy’s who were caught.
    Getting married was the best think to do, all spies need a creditable cover story.
    We as a nation are Naive, We have these people all woking on different agendas.
    We should be reporting there presence & activities to the concerened LEA’s,Recommend

  • RP
    Jun 13, 2011 - 3:32PM

    I say we use some US approved interrogation techniques on him to find out the truth.Recommend

  • Jul 17, 2011 - 3:49AM

    mathew innocent. there is no atomic installations there where he was kidnapped and released when intevened by fedral govt authorities as he was cleared by top agenccies about oneyear ago at peshewar khyber pukhtoonkhwa, u can see the statement in the news daily ‘ clearance.’ he was again arrested by golra police. two false cases registered on the directive of d.g offfice of most noble agency by the fedral govt and pujab govt. in the fateh gang case granted bail by honourable judge and golra islam abad case declared unlaw full by the honourable judgel lslam abad and fir dismissed.the most notorious men involved in such fake and fraud drama who themselves charged in international terrorist activities like mombai case.he turned to islam some years back and got married with pukhtoonkhwa lady settled at islam abad have two kids.the govt establishments in the world has been working aghainst their own people . they have been involved to cheat their people and usurping their fundamental rights and have became international mofia united aghainst the freedom and human rights. wikki leak disclosed their evil games. you must know all the fascists had been defeated by the great pukhtoons the most freedom loving nation of the world like british evil fascist colonials and ussr ect. the family of wife of mathew belongs to mansehra torghur and battagram. they are great yousafzai/swati pukhtoos who know how to protect themselves and dignity. they will tke mostproper actions aghainst those who have involved to insult avd torturing the their son in law ang his family. wait wait and wait…………………………


  • Khan
    Aug 5, 2011 - 4:55AM

    The News International newspaper
    US national not being released despite court orders
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    ISLAMABAD: Binosche Khan, the wife of US national Matthew Craig Barrett/Danial, has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan to seek the immediate release of her husband.
    In the petition filed on July 23, 2011, Binosche prayed to the court to dismiss fake cases against her husband and punish the responsible persons according to the law, says a press release. The family sources said Matthew Craig Barrett/Danial had wedded Binosche Khan, a woman from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, four years ago in the federal capital. He has two children. Matthew got married with Binosche after embracing Islam.

    They said he was arrested under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act, although he had multiple-visa valid up to November 2, 2011. He was arrested from his residence in Islamabad and had been in the Adiala Jail since June 10, 2011.

    The government had withdrawn the cases against Matthew in the Islamabad session court and the court had ordered the Fateh Jang session judge to order the release of Matthew. The family sources said that Matthew was not allowed to meet his family members despite the court’s orders. They said a case of contempt of court against the police was in process in the court as the police had refused to obey the orders issued by the court.Recommend

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