A federal court has reduced the sentence of Kashmiri separatist and ISI agent Ghulam Nabi Fai by about four months in response to a petition from the US government.
Fai, 63, was sentenced to two-year imprisonment in March 2012 for illegally working for Pakistan's ISI to influence American policy on Kashmir. He was scheduled to be released in March 2014.
In a petition filed on 15 November, US assistant attorney Gordon Kromberg sought a reduction in Fai's prison term because he had cooperated in bringing to book other persons involved in transferring funds from the ISI to the US to serve the cause of Pakistan.
"Upon consideration of the government's motion for reduction of sentence and the court, after reviewing the record and hearing the arguments of counsel and having found that the defendant has rendered substantial assistance to the government, it is accordingly ordered that the government's motion for reduction of sentence is granted," district judge Liarn O'Gra said in an order issued on Friday.
Fai was arrested on July 19, 2011 for concealing the transfer of USD 3.5 million from the ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts and to influence the US government on the Kashmir issue.