ISI had full sway over Fai and his organisation
Last Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 11:20
Washington: Separatist Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and his Kashmiri American Council were under full control of ISI, being run as an extension of Pakistan's spy agency to convince US lawmakers, officials and thinktanks about their viewpoint on Kashmir, according to latest court documents.

The US-based Kashmiri separatist pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges of spying for the ISI, illegally lobbying the Congress to influence the American policy on Kashmir and clandestinely receiving money from the ISI.

As part of the plea agreement, federal US Government Attorney and Fai signed a 26-page State of Fact document which reveals in details not only the modus operandi of Fai, his relationship with ISI, but also his budget for annual contributions to lawmakers which ranged from USD 80,000 to USD 1000,000 per annum.

According to this "Statement of Fact", Fai received at least USD 3.5 million (over Rs 16 crores as estimated on current rates) since 1990 for his KAC work to advance Pakistan's interest on Kashmir in the US.

Running into 81 paragraphs, the Statement of Facts also identifies the names of the ISI officials who were Fai's handlers or acquaintances in Pakistan.

The officials Fai dealt with were Javeed Aziz Khan also known as "Brigadier Abdullah ('Khan')" who handled Kashmiri affairs in the mid-1990s; major general Mumtaz Ahmad Bajwa, who in late 2008 became head of the ISI's Security Directorate that oversees Kashmiri militant groups, Lieutenant Colonel Touqeer Mehmood Butt, and Sohail Mahmood also known as "Mir". Fai told US District Judge O'Grady, when asked by the latter, that all information provided in this "Statement of Fact" were true and then later signed it also in the court.


First Published: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 11:14

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