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Fai claims regular contacts with Indian embassy

world Updated: Dec 12, 2011 01:38 IST
Yashwant Raj

Convicted ISI agent Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, made a stunning claim in a farewell statement late last week that he had been in regular touch with Indian embassy officials too.

In fact, Fai said in the statement issued on December 7, the day of his plea deal hearing in a state of Virginia court, an Indian official had called him the day he was arrested, July 18.

“He left a voicemail that we must meet, which I heard ten days later after my release,” Fai said in the statement. The Indian embassy had yet to respond to a request for comment.

Fai pleaded guilty on December 7 to being a paid lobbyist for Pakistan — handled by its intelligence service the ISI — without declaring himself to the US government as required.

He received over $ 400 million from the ISI over 15 years, through a Pakistani man who was found dead in unclear circumstance within weeks of his arrest.

Fai headed an outfit called Kashmiri American Council, which lobbied US government, lawmakers and opinion-makers on Kashmir, taking a line laid out for him by his ISI handlers.

But Fai claimed in his statement that he was not taking instructions from Pakistan. In fact, he claimed he was not taking orders from Delhi either.

No one has yet accused him of acting on behalf of India. In fact, he had always seemed working against India to champion the cause of Kashmir.

When asked if Fai’s purported meetings with Indian officials came up during the investigations, the US justice department pointed to a solitary reference to the embassy in court papers.