‘ISI agent Fai met Indian Cabinet ministers’

Last Updated: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:31

Washington: US-based Kashmiri separatist
Ghulam Nabi Fai has claimed that he met several Indian
ministers on a regular basis during last two decades of his
activities in Washington and had "a channel of communication"
opened with the Indian embassy.

62-year-old Fai, who last week in a US court pleaded
guilty to the federal charges of being an ISI agent, said in a
statement that meeting these Indian officials was part of his
strategy to communicate with New Delhi.

In his statement titled `Why Kashmir is Important to
Me?`, Fai claims, "During the past twenty years, I along with
Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former senior advisor to the UN
Secretary General and late Ayub Thuker, president, World
Kashmir Freedom Movement, have met with various Indian Cabinet
ministers, belonging to the administrations of Prime Ministers
Chandra Shekhar, Narasimha Rao, Atal Behari Vajpayee and
Manmohan Singh."

However, Fai did not respond to an email on the names of
these Indian ministers and officials.

"And during the past eleven years, I also met with four
different officials at the Indian embassy who succeeded each
other periodically and introduced me to the new incoming
official before leaving for a new post," Fai claimed.

The embassy did not respond to an email seeking a
response to the allegations being made by Fai on its official
who used to meet him regularly or if it was incorrect.

Fai claimed that it has always been his habit to keep the
channel of communication open to the Indian embassy

"I have met with the officials of Indian embassy in
Washington since 1999, sometimes monthly, sometimes
bi-monthly. From March 2006 onward we met monthly and at times
twice a month. Whenever we had a seminar or a conference on
Kashmir I would invite the Indian ambassador to speak," Fai
said.

"I had a habit of exchanging information and establishing
the details in advance with an official of the embassy, and
then a final copy of the invitation for the ambassador would
be given to the official, whom I usually met at a public
cafeteria.

"An Indian official called me either on July 18 or July
19, 2011, the day I was arrested. He left a voicemail that we
must meet, which I heard ten days later after my release," Fai
said.

Conceding that he has made "personal mistakes" and he
deeply regrets and feels great sorrow for that, Fai claims his
fight was for the cause of an independent Kashmir, which is
quite contrary to the guilty plea that he was an agent of the
ISI and was dictated by the Pakistan spy agency in terms of
what he would write, speak and invite guests to his seminars.

Pleading before the US Eastern District Court of
Virginia last week, Fai, head of the Kashmiri American Council
(KAC), acknowledged secretly receiving money from the ISI
through clandestine routes and causing revenue losses to the
US government to the tune of USD 200,000 to 400,000.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 11:31

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