US authorities kept a nephew of President Pervez Musharraf in detention for two weeks for a visa violation, US and Pakistani officials said on Saturday.
Aamir Javed Musharraf was detained on Feb 19 and released on Friday on bail, they said. He will now have to appear before immigration judge who could order him deported or allow him to stay in the United States.
Although he had informed his family in Pakistan, “but so far nobody in the government in Islamabad contacted the embassy to help him out,” said an official at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.
Immigration officials detained him in Memphis, Tennessee, when he went to register at a local immigration office under a programme requiring thousands of visiting men from 25 mostly Muslim countries to be photographed and fingerprinted.
Aamir Musharraf was found to have an expired tourist visa from 1994. Till early this week, about 1,700 people have been detained for at least a few days out of the 122,500 who have registered under the programme.