ISI Sponsored Pakistani Lobbyist Dr. Fai Arrested in the USA

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What do you think about the Indians who attended the KAC were

  1. actually unaware of the ISI funding

    15.4%
  2. were anti INDIA

    61.5%
  3. were attracted by the financial benefits

    46.2%
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  1. sanjay

    sanjay Regular Member

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    The US has arrested Ghulam Nabi Fai and an associate for illegal lobbying on behalf of Pakistan over Kashmir:

    U.S. charges two for illegal lobbying for Pakistan | Reuters


    Haha, the US must really be trying to send a strong message to Pak, because Ghulam Nabi Fai is their leading 'Azad Kashmir' activist in the US.

    Now that Pakistan is pressuring the US to withdraw its personnel from Pak soil and shut down its covert activities, the US is sending a similar signal to Pak that it will have to do the same.
     
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    US-Pakistan relations worsen with arrest of two alleged spies | World news | The Guardian

     
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    Pakistan funded Washington lobby group, U.S. says - CNN.com

     
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    Pakistanis are masters of dirty politics, such underhanded tricks are only expected of them.
     
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    Alleged Pakistani Agents Charged in U.S. Lobbying Scheme - ABC News

     
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    Two U.S. Men Accused of Conspiring With Pakistan Spy Agency - Bloomberg

     
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    Pakistan Spy Agency Spent Millions Trying to Influence Congress - Politics - The Atlantic Wire

     
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    FBI: Pakistani spies spent millions lobbying US - Forbes.com

     
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    Well so much for Pakistan is only supporting "Kashmiri aspirations", what we see is that ISI/PA would rather spend millions here to make India uncomfortable rather than help their own poor with the money.


    Pakistani spy agency spent millions in secret US lobbying campaign, FBI says - The Globe and Mail

    For years, the Pakistani spy agency funneled millions of dollars to a Washington non-profit group in a secret effort to influence Congress and the White House, the Justice Department said Tuesday in court documents that are certain to complicate already strained relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

    FBI agents arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, the executive director of the Kashmiri American Council, on Tuesday and charged him with being an unregistered agent of a foreign government. Under the supervision of a senior member of Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, Mr. Fai worked to influence Congress and develop contacts at the White House and State Department, prosecutors said.

    “I believe that Fai has received approximately $500,000 to $700,000 per year from the government of Pakistan,” FBI agent Sarah Webb Linden said in documents filed at the federal court.

    The Pakistani Embassy in Washington quickly denied any knowledge of such an arrangement.

    A second man, Zaheer Ahmad, was also charged. Prosecutors said he recruited people to act as straw donors who would give money that really was coming from the Pakistani government. Mr. Ahmad is not under arrest and is in Pakistan, prosecutors said. Both men are U.S. citizens.

    A soft-spoken man, Mr. Fai is a leading voice in the debate over the future of Kashmir, the mountainous border area that India and Pakistan have fought over for years. He supports the pro-Pakistan viewpoint that Kashmiris should vote on whether to be part of Pakistan or India. India claims the territory as its own.

    Prosecutors said the Kashmiri American Council was being run in secret by the Pakistani government. Government officials reviewed Mr. Fai's budget and directed him to make campaign donations to Congress, meet with lawmakers and attend political events. The group's phone rang unanswered and a doorman said Tuesday that nobody from the organization had arrived at the office building, a few blocks from the White House in the heart of Washington's lobbying district.

    Israr Mirza, the former president of the Pakistani Student Association at George Mason University, recalled hearing Mr. Fai speak at a February event his organization hosted on India-Pakistan relations.

    “I don't see him as a spy or anything. He's an old gentleman,” said Mr. Mirza, who has since graduated from George Mason. “He seemed like a very collected guy. He was speaking just to promote peace.”

    Though the charges are not related to espionage, the arrest adds new strain to the already difficult relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, which suffered after the U.S. found Osama bin Laden hiding inside Pakistan and killed him without telling the government there.

    The Pakistani spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, has a complicated relationship with U.S. intelligence. The agency is a crucial ally in the war on terrorism but also works against the U.S. at times, including running double agents against the CIA.

    “Dr. Fai and the Kashmiri freedom movement have nothing to do with the ISI,” said Nadim Malik, a close associate of Mr. Fai and the executive director of the advocacy group Kashmir Mission USA.

    Mr. Fai has donated to congressional campaigns of both parties for years. His donations include $250 to President Barack Obama in 2008; a total of $4,500 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2004 and 2008; and $250 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2009. Prosecutors said none of the recipients knew the organization was a front for money from Pakistan.
     
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    Now that Pakistan is pressuring the US to withdraw its personnel from Pak soil and shut down its covert activities, the US is sending a similar signal to Pak that it will have to do the same. You cannot have your cake and eat it too.
     
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    Relations between US and Pak is going steeply down the hill. India needs to prepare for a US-Pak tangle with China supporting Pak. We have to have our strategy in place and while Hillary is here, make plans for joint strategy. Primary of that being breakup of that country.
     
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    Pakistan as usual has not thought hard enough its recent policies against the US. It seems the years of Islamist anti-US braiwashing has really clouded the ability of Pakistan's leaders to objectively assess matters. All those years of propagandising that the US are sissy, spoiled, high tech dependent, spineless bunch of white kids have really sunk into the psyche of Pakistanis - they really believed it. Now they should be ready to face the reality.

    Pakistan sould have known that it cannot bite the hands of the giant that has cuddled it over the years. In fact, if the Pakistanis have an inch of gratitude they should be thankful for all those years that the US has staked its international reputation to keep it intact and safe. Its not the fault of the US that Pakistan's domestic policies have been a disaster.

    Moreover, only Israel can play that kind of game with Washington. Not even the Saudis have an airtight hold on Washington as the recent events in the Gulf suggests.
     
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    In the battle of strings between the US and Pakistan who do you think will win hands down? ...You're guess is as good as mine.

    You simply cannot fight the laws of physics.
     
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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...-man-as-agent-of-pakistan/?page=all#pagebreak

    Ghulam Nabi Fai lives in a pretty nice house. US-taxpayer-funded ISI dollars have treated him quite well.

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    One if the beneficiaries of this "lobbying" is Senator Dan Burton. Yeah the Pakistani friend.
     
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