FBI Arrests Ghulam Nabi Fai in PAKISTAN

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F.B.I. Nabs Nabi Fai
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Paki Arrested As Spy

We just got this story (just now) from some friends in Pakistan.

FBI has arrested - IN PAKISTAN - Two men they accuse of being unregistered spies

Here is what they told us is coming out in the papers there and we should publish it.

This is what we found (the dates are tomorrow for us - because Pakistan is almost a 1/2 day ahead of us)....

 

(Reuters) - Two U.S. citizens have been charged with illegally lobbying the United States for the Pakistani government and its spy agency over the disputed territory of Kashmir, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

 

FBI agents arrested Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, in Virginia on charges that he failed to register as an agent of a foreign government. Zaheer Ahmad, 63, was also charged but is believed to be in Pakistan. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens.

 

Pakistan has spent at least $4 million since the mid-1990s lobbying the U.S. Congress and the White House through Fai and the Kashmiri American Council, also known as the Kashmir Center, where Fai served as executive director, according to an FBI affidavit filed in U.S. court.

 

The arrest and allegations may further strain already frayed ties between Washington and Islamabad, particularly after U.S. forces conducted a secret raid in Pakistan in May that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

 

Control over Kashmir has been at the center of hostilities between nuclear armed Pakistan and India since their partition in 1947 and was the scene of 1999 war between the two nations.

 

An FBI affidavit detailed the alleged scheme in which Fai's organization received up to $700,000 annually from Pakistan to make campaign contributions to U.S. politicians, sponsor conferences and other promotions.

 

"Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose -- to hide Pakistan's involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government's position on Kashmir," said Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for Eastern Virginia.

 

One unidentified confidential witness told investigators that Pakistan's powerful military spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, was behind some of the money Fai received, according to the FBI affidavit.

 

A second confidential witness said the spy agency had sponsored and controlled Fai's organization and had been directing him for the past 25 years, the court papers said.

 

NO INDICATION OF SPYING

 

A U.S. official said the investigation was ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming, but there was no indication Fai had been engaged in spying.

 

Foreign nationals and governments are banned from making contributions to U.S. campaigns and anyone who lobbies on behalf of a foreign government must register with the U.S. Justice Department.

 

Fai, his nonprofit group and Ahmad never registered that they were working for the Pakistani government, U.S. authorities said.

 

"Mr. Fai is not a Pakistani citizen and the government and embassy of Pakistan have no knowledge of the case involving him," said a Pakistan Embassy spokesman.

 

Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, said in a message posted on Twitter that an embassy official was in contact with Fai about an event he organized with U.S. officials and scholars but that the FBI "does not allege embassy involvement or knowledge" of his alleged activities.

 

Fai appeared briefly in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia where a judge ordered him detained pending a preliminary and detention hearing set for Thursday. It was not clear if Fai had a lawyer yet.

 

Pakistan allegedly funneled money to Fai through Ahmad and contributions by others that were reimbursed by the Pakistani government. Fai then used the funds for campaign donations, conferences and other lobbying efforts, the affidavit said.

 

The FBI affidavit said Fai had denied that he had lobbied, saying instead he was involved in public relations.

 

Federal election records showed Fai had given $23,500 to U.S. political candidates since 1997, including $250 to President Barack Obama's presidential campaign as well as $7,500 to Republican Representative Dan Burton of Indiana.

 

Burton, an outspoken critic of India's actions in Kashmir, said in a statement he was "deeply shocked" by Fai's arrest and "had no inkling of his involvement with any foreign intelligence operation."

 

"If there is any doubt about the origin of these contributions, I will donate those funds to the Boy Scouts of America," he said. Burton said he has known Fai for 20 years.

 

The Justice Department said that there was no evidence that any elected officials who received the contributions from Fai or his group knew that it came from the Pakistani government.

 

Here is his FACEBOOK PAGE:

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. 2 people are charged = Participating in long-term conspiracy of acting as agents of Pakistan's I.S.I. (similar to CIA) in U.S.A.without disclosing affiliation with Pakistani government as required by law.

The charges announced by Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia; and James McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a U.S. citizen and resident of Fairfax, Va., and Zaheer Ahmad, 63, a U.S. citizen and resident of Pakistan, are charged in a one-count criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges that the defendants have conspired to: 1) act as an agent of a foreign principal without registering with the Attorney General in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); and 2) falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts they had a duty to disclose in matters within the jurisdiction of Executive Branch agencies of the U.S. government.

Fai arrested this morning. Ahmad remains at large and is believed to be in Pakistan. Both face a potential sentence of five years in prison if convicted.

"FARA is designed to ensure that the U.S. government and American public know the underlying source of information and identity of persons attempting to influence U.S. policy and laws. The defendants are accused of thwarting this process by concealing the fact that a foreign government was funding and directing their lobbying and public relations efforts in America," said Assistant Attorney General Monaco.

"Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose--to hide Pakistan's involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government's position on Kashmir," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington."

"Foreign governments who try to influence the United States by using unregistered agents threaten our national security," said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. "Mr. Fai's alleged conduct illustrates the risk to our fair and open government. The charges underscore the dedication of special agents who enforce laws--like the FARA violations charged here--that are designed to detect and defeat those who attempt to surreptitiously exert foreign influence on our government by using agents who conceal their foreign affiliations."

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Fai serves as the director of the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a non-governmental organization located in Washington, D.C., that was founded in 1990 and also goes by the name "Kashmir Center." The KAC describes itself in educational materials as a "not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of knowledge in the United States about the struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination."

The affidavit alleges that, although the KAC held itself out to be a Kashmiri organization run by Kashmiris and financed by Americans, the KAC is one of three "Kashmir Centers" that are actually run by elements of the Pakistani government, including Pakistan's military intelligence service, the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI). The two other Kashmir Centers are in London, England and Brussels, Belgium.

According to the affidavit, a confidential witness told investigators that he participated in a scheme to obscure the origin of money transferred by Pakistan's ISI to Fai to use as a lobbyist for the KAC in furtherance of Pakistani government interests. The witness explained that the money was transferred to Fai through Ahmad, an American living in Pakistan. A second confidential witness told investigators that the ISI created the KAC to propagandize on behalf of the government of Pakistan with the goal of uniting Kashmir. This witness said ISI's sponsorship and control of KAC were secret and that ISI had been directing Fai's activities for the past 25 years.

When questioned by the FBI about these relationships in March 2007, Fai allegedly stated that he had never met anyone who identified himself as being affiliated with the ISI. In March 2010, the Justice Department sent Fai a letter notifying him of his possible obligation to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department. In his written response to the Justice Department, Fai asserted that neither he nor KAC had ever engaged in any activities for or provided any services to Pakistan or any foreign entity. In a March 2011 interview with the FBI, Fai again denied having any relationship with anyone in the Pakistani government.

The affidavit alleges that Fai has acted at the direction of and with the financial support of the Pakistani government for more than 20 years. The affidavit alleges that four Pakistani government handlers have directed Fai's U.S. activities and that Fai has been in touch with his handlers more than 4,000 times since June 2008. Fai's handlers have also allegedly communicated with Ahmad regularly.

For example, the affidavit alleges that Fai repeatedly submitted annual KAC strategy reports and budgetary requirements to his Pakistani government handlers for approval. One document entitled "Plan of Action of KAC/Kashmir Center for Fiscal Year 2009" laid out Fai's intended strategy to secure U.S. Congressional support in order to encourage the Executive Branch to support self-determination in Kashmir; his strategy to build new alliances in the State Department, the National Security Council, the Congress and the Pentagon, and to expand KAC's media efforts.

According to the affidavit, Fai also set forth KAC's projected budgetary requirements from the Pakistani government for 2009, including $100,000 for contributions to members of Congress. There is no evidence that any elected official who received financial contributions from Fai or the KAC was aware that the money originated from any part of the Pakistani government.

According to the affidavit, Fai and the KAC have received at least $4 million, from the Pakistani government since the mid-1990s through Ahmad and his funding network. The money is allegedly routed to Fai through Ahmad and a network of other individuals connected to Ahmad. Ahmad allegedly arranges for his contacts in the United States to provide money to Fai in return for repayment of those amounts in Pakistan.

To date, neither Fai nor Ahmad nor the KAC has registered as an official agent of the Pakistani or Kashmiri governments with the Attorney General as required by FARA.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI's Washington Field Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon Kromberg and Daniel Grooms of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney John Gibbs of the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department's National Security Division.

The public is reminded that an indictment and criminal complaint contain mere allegations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

And we found this Article too

F.B.I. Arrests Ghulam Nabi Khan - Accused of Being Front for Donations to Kashmi
Published: July 20, 2011

The Justice Department said that the government of Pakistan, including elements of its intelligence service, has been secretly funneling campaign contributions for years to members of Congress, presidential campaigns, and federal campaign committees, often through an activist working on Kashmiri issues who was arrested by the F.B.I. on Tuesday.

In court documents, prosecutors accused the arrested man - Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a United States citizen from Virginia - of conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the government of Pakistan. He is the director of the Kashmiri American Council, a nongovernmental organization in Washington that is also called the Kashmir Center. Founded in 1990, the center issues press releases and seeks to persuade government officials to adopt foreign policies promoting the end of Indian rule in Kashmir, a region claimed by both India and Pakistan. Another man, Zaheer Ahmad was also charged in the alleged conspiracy, but he is believed to be in Pakistan, officials said.

"Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose - to hide Pakistan's involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government's position on Kashmir," said Neil MacBride, the United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. "His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington."

Pakistan has spent more than $4 million over the past two decades in its covert effort to influence the United States to adopt a more critical stance toward India's control of Kashmir, the government asserted.

A spokesman for the Pakistani embassy said, "Mr. Fai is not a Pakistani citizen, and the government and embassy of Pakistan have no knowledge of the case."

 

 

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#1 mussarat 2011-07-20 10:59
Who were recieving donations from FAI's organization?__ __Pakistani are the worst-ever victims of terrorism due to so-called jihad waged by the number of terrorists organizations just in the name of the liberation of Kashmir and flaring up anti-Western in general and the US in particular.____ The founder of the nation i.e Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never suggested liberation of Kashmir at the cost of Pakistan or achieving goal through terrorism.____A s always said, I firmly stand for peace in the region and not turmoil by triggering Jihad and killing human being in the name of religion.____We love humanity. For God sake let us save our own country and bail out people dying of hunger, poverty, power breakdown and the terrorism.____H idden enemies working to destroy relations between community of nations should be exposed.______M ussarat

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