FBI makes public Fai's ISI handlers’ phone numbers



Washington: The FBI has made public the phone numbers and emails addresses of the alleged ISI handlers of Ghulam Nabi Fai arrested here for collaborating with the Pakistani spy agency by funnelling money to influence US policy on Kashmir.

The FBI has identified Fai's four alleged handlers in Pakistan as 'Abdullah', Javeed Aziz Khan aka 'Rathore', 'Abdullah' and 'Nizami Mir'; Touqeer Mehmood Butt and Sohail Mahmood, who goes by the nickname 'Mir'.

Between June 2008 till his arrest, Fai contacted them more than 4,000 times. Between 2006 and early 2011 Javeed Aziz Khan contacted Fai nearly 2,000 times, the FBI said.

The FBI affidavit said Brigadier Abdullah was the ISI officer responsible for handling Kashmiri affairs.

Fai acted at the direction of his handlers from ISI, court documents said.

In the course of executing the searches, investigators found the "1999 Strategy Document for the Kashmiri-American Council, Washington, DC USA" and documents with similar titles for 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006.

These documents described Kashmiri-American Council's plans to provide information to Executive Branch officials, use Congress to highlight the issue of Kashmir, offset the Indian lobby, and increase political pressure on both the US Administration and the Government of India.

Fai provided similar documents to his handlers in 2008 and 2009, the FBI said adding that the documents retained by Fai from 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2006 were copies of documents that Fai also provided to his ISI handlers.

Court-authorised physical searches of Fai's residence and storage facility revealed 22 letters written by Fai to Ahmad on a near-monthly basis between December 2003 and April 2006.

Those letters contained balance sheets accounting for the monies Fai had received to date during that fiscal year, the identity of the individuals who had sent him money and how much, and the amount Ahmad still needed to send to Fai.

They reflect that Ahmad was to transmit approximately USD 314,500 to Fai in 2003; in 2004, 2005, and 2006, the totals were USD 505,000, USD 525,000 and USD 447,000, respectively.

PTI