Rawalpindi - The Ministry of Interior has ordered the concerned authorities to deport an American woman who was taken into protective custody by local police after the management of a hotel forced her to check-out due to non-payment of room rent, sources said on Friday.

However, the American lady identified as Elizabeth Marie Lancaster is said to be stranded in Pakistan because of having no money for paying the fine for the missing flight, sources said.

They said that since the lady had missed her flight and she had to pay the fine for booking a new ticket, the US embassy is not ready to provide her financial help. The family of the American lady had transferred her only 100 US Dollars which are insufficient to purchase a new ticket for travelling to the USA, they said.

According to sources, a police team headed by SHO Police Station (PS) New Town Javed Iqbal Mirza produced the American national before the court of a female magistrate where the lady told the court she wanted to go back to her home in West Virginia. Earlier, police pleaded before the court that the lady should be sent to Darul Aman or Shelter Home. But the American lady refused to go Darul Aman. On this, the court ordered police to contact US Embassy in Islamabad for verification and visa of travel documents of Elizabeth.

Sources said police contacted the US Embassy in Islamabad and brought the matter into their notice but the officials presented cold shoulder response to the police request.

They said the police have again shifted the American lady to Women Police Station in Rawalpindi after the court proceedings. A source disclosed to The Nation that US Embassy officials in Islamabad have turned down the request of police of helping the American lady for exit from Pakistan.

SHO PS New Town Javed Iqbal Mirza, when contacted, said police shifted the lady to Women Police Station after the court hearing. He said police approached US Embassy officials in Islamabad and brought the matter into their notice. The Embassy is busy in verifying the travelling documents of the lady, he said.

SP Rawal Division Behram Khan, nonetheless, claimed US Embassy officials have shown their consent to help the American lady stranded in Pakistan. He said the lady would be deported to the USA the night falling between Friday and Saturday.

Mr Richard, the US Embassy Islamabad spokesperson, when contacted by The Nation, refused to comment on the issue. “The Privacy Act of American Citizens does not allow me to comment on the matter,” he said.

It may be noted that an American female Elizabeth Marie Lancaster (31) was found intoxicated from Hotel Panama on Double Road with limits of PS New Town Thursday last.

According to reports, she was married to Adnan Khan, a resident of Taimergara Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She was divorced and left by Adnan and was living in this local hotel. The hotel administration called police as she had no money. They have brought her to Women Police station and American Embassy was called for assistance.