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US national arrested in Peshawar for overstay

Aaron Mark Dehaven was arrested in Peshawar for overstaying illegally in Pakistan, sources told DawnNews.

An American national Aaron Mark Dehaven has been arrested in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Capital, Peshawar for overstaying illegally in Pakistan, sources told DawnNews but the US embassy said they were assessing the situation and would comment after the causes are revealed to them officially.

“The American arrested from the University Town Police Station’s jurisdiciton is believed to have converted to Islam three-years back and is now living in Peshawar by the name of Haroon” sources told.

Dehaven has also married a Pakistani girl two years ago who was his colleague in a security agency office in University Town area of Peshawar.

The official sources said that the US national was responsible for provision of security to the foreign nationals’ visiting Pakistan and had an office in University Town which at present had been shifted to Islamabad.

Mark hailed from the state of West Virginia in the United States and had been arrested from University Town Police Station’s jurisdiction for illegal overstay, the sources revealed.

The sources said that DeHeaven had been issued a visa on Jauary 1, 2010 which expired on 30th October 2010 and despite that he kept on staying in Pakistan without a valid visa document which resulted in his arrest.

The intelligence agencies personnel also grilled his inlaws living in the Falcoan Complex on University Road and the media was not allowed to interact with the family or the arrested US national at the University Town Police station.

The police offical at the University Town though did not give their official word about the reason for the arrest but said that the US national had been booked under Section 14 of the Foreign Act for not having a valid visa document.

A Grey colored Honda Car of the accused bearing Islamabad No BQ-565 has also been impounded by the University Town Police Station.

The US embassy in Islamabad on contact said that they had information about the arrest of the US national through the media.

“We are assessing the situation and would comment after going through the details and charges of the arrest,”  Courtney Beale, the embassy spokeswoman, told DawnNews.

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