U.S. man faces interrogation, 2nd expulsion from Pakistan

American citizen Mathew Barrett, center, is escorted by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency following his court appearance in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Aug. 9, 2016.


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's interior minister says a blacklisted American citizen will be deported once a joint interrogation team completes its work.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in Islamabad Friday that Matthew Barrett submitted incorrect information in a visa application at the Pakistani consulate five years after his previous deportation.

Barrett, a 33-year-old Alabama native had lived in Pakistan for four years, married a Pakistani woman and had two children. He was expelled from the country in 2011 after being found near a sensitive military installation.

Khan said Barrett was not considered a spy, but was involved in "wrong doings." He did not elaborate.

After re-entering the country Barrett was arrested last week from an Islamabad guest house. The minister suspended airport immigration staff and ordered a probe into the incident.