‘Fai was never accused being a Pakistani spy’: KAC

This letter was published in ‘Kashmir Times’ on December 25, 2011

Dear Editor,

I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Kashmiri American Council at a seminar organized by Tehreek-E-Hurriyat on December 24, 2011. I addressed the gathering from America by phone. In reading your article reporting on my speech, I notice that I have been grievously misquoted. Your paper has reported "The KAC came under scanner after the American agency FBI found Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was heading it, involved in spying for Pakistan intelligence agency ISI. He was also accused of trying to influence American policy on Kashmir. Dr Fai later pleaded guilty on federal charges of spying for ISI." This is totally inaccurate.

Dr. Fai was NEVER accused of being a Pakistani spy. He NEVER plead guilty to being a spy of and for the ISI. Dr. Fai plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to prevent the US Government from collecting full tax revenue. There was NEVER any espionage or spying related charge directed at or to Dr. Fai.

Further, while initially charged as being an unregistered agent of the government of Pakistan, the US Government voluntarily withdrew the charge.

I was very specific in my remarks, and in fact specifically stated that such charges were being reported inaccurately in the Indian media through their design.

I would humbly request that your retraction be prominently published and highlighted in your newspaper. I am sure you can understand how important it is to my organization and to the Kashmir issue that it be clarified without further delay.

I thank you for your otherwise excellent publication, and invite you to contact me at your convenience at any time to discuss any issues related to KAC and Kashmir.

Kashmiri American Council.

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