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U.S. IMPROPER LOBBYING CASE: Fai goes back a long way with Jamaat in Kashmir!


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July 24, 2011 / By Anand K. Sahay, DC, New Delhi.

(File image) In this May 24, 2011photograph, US citizen Ghulam Nabi Fai talks during the International Kashmir Conference in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir - AFP
(File image) In this May 24, 2011photograph, US citizen Ghulam Nabi Fai talks during the International Kashmir Conference in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir - AFP.

Ghulam Nabi Fai, the Indian Kashmiri who became an American citizen and ran a covert propaganda ring for Pakistan’s ISI out of Washington before his arrest by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation four days ago, was a man of some standing in Jamaat-e-Islami circles in Kashmir, although he successfully concealed this in the US.

He was an organiser and a participant at a “secret” meeting in Kathmandu on January 14, 1990 called to decide a crucial question — the relationship of the Jamaat-e-Islami, which propagates rule according to the Shariat, with the recently formed Hizb-e-Islami, which would soon establish itself as Kashmir’s most feared terrorist group that turned its guns as easily on fellow Kashmiris of other groups as on India’s security forces.

A remarkable aspect of this meeting was that it was attended by Hakeem Ghulam Nabi, Abdur Rashid Turabi, and Prof. Khursheed Ahmed, leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami from Kashmir, PoK and Pakistan respectively. The political conjuncture was grim.

Pakistan’s President, General Zia-ul-Haq, was dead, killed in an air crash about a year and a half before.

He had done everything to bring the Jamaat of Pakistan and PoK in a close embrace with the Pakistan Army and the ISI. All three had been tasked to bring on board the Jamaat-e-Islami of Kashmir to send its boys to PoK and Pakistan for military training.

Gen. Zia was using the Afghan jihad as a “smoke screen” to commence the Kashmir “jihad” and supplying the latter with funds and weapons provided by America and Saudi Arabia.

But the Jamaat in Kashmir feared becoming a target of the Indian authorities, and was reluctant to be drawn into an armed struggle against India. However, for the ISI, time was running out, suggests Arif Jamal, a well known Pakistani journalist, in his recent book Shadow War: The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir.



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