Fai Tries To Implicate Indian, US Officials

Fai Tries To Implicate Indian, US Officials

1 April 2012
Times of India
Chidanand Rajghatta

Washington DC: A self-confessed and convicted agent of Pakistan and its spy agency ISI launched a courtside diatribe on the Indian 'occupation' of Kashmir and tried to implicate senior Indian ministers , officials, diplomats and journalists in his illegal lobbying efforts after being sentenced to two years in prison by a US court. Ghulam Nabi Fai, a long time Washington DC-based Kashmiri lobbyist illegally funded by Pakistan, cited various meetings with Indian and American interlocutors, including cabinet ministers in the Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh governments , and US administration officials and lawmakers, to argue that he fought for a legitimate cause which was recognized by all sides. In a closing statement in the court Fai warned of a catastrophe in Kashmir if the world did not view the dispute as he and his patrons did. Fai's statement did not name the interlocutors involved pointing to his effort to sow mischief even as he faces time in prison. While he glossed over his confession that he was effectively a frontman for ISI and its propaganda , none of his interlocutors had any clue about his dubious connections. 'Fai spent 20 years operating the Kashmiri American Council as a front for Pakistani intelligence,' said US attorney Neil MacBride after the sentencing, adding, 'He lied to the justice department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and many political leaders throughout the US as he pushed the ISI's propaganda on Kashmir.' Judge Liam O'Grady too was unsparing in his views on Fai and his phony claims. 'You participated in a conspiracy to defraud the US and completely deceive the IRS,' O'Grady said. 'You knew Pakistan and ISI was paying you because your actions would be consistent with theirs and you would represent their voice and you were willing to do so.' There were moments of repentance from Fai following the sentencing. 'Words possibly can't define the damage that I have done to my beautiful family and friends in the US and to the Kashmir cause. My sole motivation was to work for the people of Kashmir and their right of self-determination ,' he said. But his lengthy statement was full of self-serving defiance and dire predictions for Kashmir if the world did not recognize the dispute - a tale of Indian 'occupation' that glossed over the use of terrorism by his Pakistani patrons that even judge O'Grady recognized . 'He (Fai) clearly knew he is being paid ... Pakistan has lost wars with India on Kashmir and so Pakistan is looking for other means to achieve its objectives,' the judge remarked.