Fai Arrest To Cost US Dear,Says Geelani

Fai Arrest To Cost US Dear,Says Geelani

25 December 2011
Kashmir Observer
Nazir Ganaie & Mayank Madhukar

Srinagar: Claiming that arresting Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai would ‘prove costly’ for the US, the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Friday said that the indicted Kashmir American Council chief had been meeting Indian ministers on “a regular basis” in Washington over the past twenty years. “Fai Sahib had channels of communication opened with the Indian embassy (in the US capital),” Geelani said at a seminar questioning the “atrocity” on the Kashmiri expatriate who has recently pleaded guilty to secret funding by Pakistan’s ISI over the Kashmir issue. “The charges on Fai are totally untrue,” the separatist leader said, referring to the KAC chief’s roots as a Jama’at-e-Islami functionary in Srinagar, and asserted that the Kashmiri people would back him fully. “I know him from the days he was working in the Jama’at-e-Islami office in Maisuma. He has been working tirelessly for the benefit of Kashmiiris, and is instrumental in organising the Kashmiri Diaspora across the world,” the separatist leader, who maintains that Fai is the victim of a diplomatic conspiracy, said. Flaying Washington for its move against Fai, Geelani said that arresting him would prove costly for the US. “It will prove costly for the US to arrest and muzzle the voice of person who represents the cause of the innocent people of Kashmir and articulates in America,” he said. “The US claims to be the oldest democracy in the world, but their its wrong-doing came to light in the operations and oppressions it has carried out in many countries,” he said. “We know what America did in Vietnam, and in Iraq. We know what they did in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And now they are pressurizing Iran. They are violating their own principles and precepts,” he said. In a message to the seminar, noted human rights activist Gautam Naulakha backed Fai’s role, asserting that he had done a splendid job with the limited resources available to him. The message was read out by columnist Dr. Javaid Iqbal as Naulakha could not make it to the seminar. “I will not feign personal hurt or anger that Ghulam Nabi Fai Sahib admitted having received money from ISI. I thought it was politically unwise to allow the cause we hold dear to come under shadow because of doubts about our autonomy. Kashmiri diaspora had in itself the resources to fund Kashmir American Council,” his message said. “It would be naive of me to ignore the dilemma that confronts resistance in a context of war and where everything that is attempted above ground is throttled by laws, rules, coercion and threat leaving few choices for the resistance,” it said. “Even under US law his mistake was minor; not to have disclosed being in receipt of foreign funds. Had this been disclosed there would have been no problem. So its a fine point of law; Fai Sahib is actually a victim of a cross-fire between the US administration and the Pakistan government,” it said. “Whether he was set up by US agencies or done in at the behest of India is a moot point. Fai Sahib and his colleagues did a marvelous and effective lobbying! Put it another way Fai Sahib used the limited resources to good use. He is truly someone who with his warm and generous personality acted as a force multiplier for bringing Kashmiri cause before the US public”


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