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Thursday, July 21, 2011

U.S. IMPROPER LOBBYING CASE: ISI Fai’s Indian links will be probed!

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Top separatist leaders in India, including Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and hardliners like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, have come under the security agencies’ scanner for their links with Ghulam Nabi Fai, an American citizen and director of the Washington-based Kashmiri American Council (KAC), arrested by the FBI on Tuesday on charges of being an agent of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
In documents filed in a US court, the FBI charged that he had funnelled $4 million from the ISI to secretly try and influence US policy on Kashmir. The KAC is a group that lobbies for “self-determination” for Kashmir.
Fai, 62, who was produced in court soon after his arrest at his Fairfax, Virginia home on Tuesday, faces up to five years in prison. His next court hearing is on Thursday. The FBI claimed he had four “handlers” in the ISI and that he had contacted them over 4,000 times since June 2008.
In New Delhi, the Union home ministry expressed happiness at Fai’s arrest and the charges filed by the FBI which had “exposed” the ISI’s activities in the US, of which it claimed to have had prior information. The Indian government plans to seek details from the US authorities on the arrest and court proceedings there.
Indian officials said it might be too early to list Fai’s “suspicious” contacts within this country, but claimed that many top separatist leaders had met him and shared close links “since he acted as their spokesperson in various seminars organised by his NGO”.

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