Aaron Mark De Haven was arrested under the Foreigners’ Act in Peshawar on Friday. — File

PESHAWAR: A US national arrested from Peshawar's University Town on Friday under the Foreigners' Act was sent to jail on a 14-day remand on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

The American national, identified as Aaron Mark De Haven, hails from Virginia and has been associated with a private firm Catalyst Services which rents buildings for US citizens in the area.

The US Embassy on Saturday issued a statement which said that US consular representatives have met with him.

The statement further said: “We appreciate the cooperation of the Pakistani authorities and respect the Pakistani legal process.”

Informed sources said his visa had expired on October 22 last year. He had applied for its extension, but his application was rejected.

Haven, who married a local girl, claims to have embraced Islam. His Muslim name is Haroon. He was living in Falcon Colony near Tehkal.

On Friday, the SHO of Town Police told Dawn that the man had been charged under the Foreigners’ Act for illegally staying in the country.

There were unconfirmed reports that police had found some important documents in his possession.