Washington: Separatist Kashmiri leader
Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has been arrested by the FBI on charges
of working for the Pakistan`s ISI, was the point man of
contact for the Hurriyat leaders whenever they visited the US.
From organizing public events, to making their
appointments in the Administration or with the US lawmakers
and think-tanks, it was Fai who managed things for them, in
particular moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Fai, with his deep contacts in the Administration and
with the US lawmakers, was always successful in getting
appointments that the Hurriyat leaders wanted to.
Sources familiar with the events say that Fai almost
all the times accompanied Mirwaiz and other Hurriyat leaders
for these meetings including the State Department.
Fai and Mirwaiz and other Hurriyat leaders could be
spotted together at the lobby of the Foggy Bottom headquarters
of the State Department and at the UN headquarters.
For any media interview here with the Hurriyat
leaders, Fai was always the point of contact.
According to the FBI, Fai received more than USD 4
million in the past several years from the ISI to lobby on
behalf of Pakistan before the Administration and the US
lawmakers on the issue of Kashmir.
While Fai publicly stated that he represented the
people of Kashmir, the FBI affidavit claims that Fai in deed
worked for the ISI; wherein his ISI handlers in Pakistan
determined what Fai was going to speak, what would be his
agenda and even who to invited to his conferences.
Even this year in February, Kashmiri American Council
and Fai was instrumental in hosting a public lecture for
Mirqaiz at the George Mason University.
"I would like to thank the people of Pakistan for
their complete and unconditional solidarity with the people of
Jammu and Kashmir and their eagerness to help the people of
Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination which
was guaranteed at the United Nations Security Council as early
as 1948," said Mirwaiz, while addressing a seminar titled
`India- Pakistan Relations: Breaking the Deadlock Over
Kashmir`, according to a press release issued by Fai on
February 6 this year after the conference.
Addressing the event, Iffat Gardezi, the Deputy Chief
of Mission, Pakistan Embassy in Washington, said she was there
to reiterate Pakistan`s unconditional moral, political and
diplomatic support to the Kashmiris for a just and peaceful
solution to the Kashmir dispute.