Fai fails to turn up, court defers hearing to Tuesday

July 22nd, 2011 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 22 (IANS) Arrested Kashmiri American lobbyist Ghulam Nabi Fai failed to appear before a court here Friday, following which his hearing was postponed to July 26, the Geo News reported.

Fai’s counsel said his bail plea would be filed before the court in the next hearing. He hoped it would be accepted on a bond of one or two million dollars.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has charged Fai, who heads the Kashmir American Council (KAC), for pushing the Kashmiri issue in Washington with Pakistan’s funding for over a decade.

He was arrested in the US Tuesday on charges of participating in the conspiracy to act as an agent of the Pakistani government without disclosing his affiliation.

Ghulam Nabi Fai was detained a few days ago on the suspicion of maintaining links with the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

Sources said the FBI issued arrest warrant for 12 more people in the same case but so far no other person ahs been detained.

Through Fai’s arrest, the FBI exposed Pakistan’s two-decade-long covert game to influence American policy makers against India on the Kashmir issue.

In its 43-page court affidavit unsealed during the indictment of two pro-Pakistan activists, the FBI said Pakistan’s military and the ISI funnelled $4 million over two decades to tilt the US’s Kashmir policy against India.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan government Thursday expressed concern at Fai’s arrest and appreciated his contributions for the cause of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad said campaigns to defame the just cause of the Kashmiri people would not affect its legitimacy, the Geo News reported.

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