Rawalpindi0-A local court yesterday extended the physical remands of Matthew Barret — a US national who was arrested for entering Pakistan despite being blacklisted — and an official of FIA for three days on plea of Federal Investigation Agency.

The court ordered the FIA to reproduce the accused on August 12.

Earlier, the FIA produced the US national Mathew Barret and FIA official Ehtasham ul Haq before Special Judge Central (SJC) Naeem Arshad and pleaded for five days remand.

The accused US national informed the court that he had obtained a valid visa and he had not violated any law of the country. He stated before the court that he obtained a valid visa from Pakistani Embassy on December 13, 2011 and the Supreme Court had set aside the decision of the government of Pakistan to blacklist him and to ban his entry into the country. The US national, however, could not provide the certified copies of the decision of the Supreme Court.

Barret, who was handcuffed, stated that he had no links with FIA constable Haq and his father Sub-Inspector Raja Asif Raza.

Talking to the media persons after the proceedings, Advocate Raja Muhamad Nazeer, representing Ehtasham ul Haq, said that Barret had clearly stated that he gave no illegal gratification to his client to enter the country.

He said that US national has already informed the FIA investigators that the two accused men had given him no support in allowing him enter the country. This clearly shows that Asif and his son did not provide unlawful support to the US national, he added.