Fai lied about his doctorate degree: US Attorney

The Kashmiri separatist was arrested last year on charges of being a paid agent of the ISI.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published: March 30, 2012 1:03 pm

Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai,who was arrested last year on charges of being a paid agent of the ISI,has lied to the court on his doctorate degree,which he does not possess,a US Attorney has said.

“Fai has no doctorate degree,” US Attorney Neil MacBride informed the court on Wednesday in a foot note,of the 10-page submission to the US District Court in Alexandria,Virginia.

Fai’s false representation that he possesses such a degree unfairly dilutes the respect rightly earned by others that actually possess such a degree,MacBride said adding that in the letter to the court Fai addresses himself as Dr Fai.

“While Fai’s misleading characterisation of his educational attainments before this Court are relatively benign compared to the deceit inherent in his criminal conduct,it is nonetheless consistent with his attempts to mislead the Government of the United States and the American people for decades” MacBride said in his submission to the court.

MacBride also informs the court that Fai,62,who pleaded guilty and has co-operated with the investigating agency thereafter,continues to mislead the court and the people of the country.

The US Attorney also noted that Fai does have a criminal history as he was involved an offence of which Fai was publicly accused but never charged: the 1986 murder of Ismail al-Faruqi.

“Al-Faruqi was the founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought in Herndon,Virginia. In 1986,Joseph Young,also known as Yusuf Ali,confessed to murdering al-Faruqi and his wife,and claimed that he was inspired to do it by Fai.

“Fai was never charged with involvement in the crime and there was ample reason to question Young/Ali’s veracity,” MacBride said.

The US Attorney also alleges that “Fai’s answers to many of the questions posed to him since he entered his guilty plea were less than forthright.”

Referring to a recent letter by Fai to the court,MacBride said it goes into great detail about the history of Kashmir,but none about the history of Fai’s dealings with the ISI.

“In fact,nowhere is the ISI even mentioned. Nowhere is any mention of a single lie that Fai made to the American people and Government in the course of innumerable lies over a period of decades.

“His letter surely expresses remorse for allowing the KAC to be exposed as a mouthpiece of the ISI,but it otherwise manifests no remorse for his criminal conduct,” he said.

“For more than 20 years,Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai operated the Kashmiri American Council (‘KAC’) as a front for the Pakistani intelligence service known as the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). By the time that the KAC was incorporated in 1990,Fai already had been working with the ISI for years,” the US attorney said.

“For decades,Fai followed the directives of ISI officials,and annually submitted his budgets and plans to ISI officials for approval. For decades,Fai tried to focus the attention of the people and Government of the United States on alleged atrocities and misdeeds by the Government of India – and away from the involvement of the Government of Pakistan in sponsoring terrorism in Kashmir and elsewhere,” it said.

The US law,he said,did not purport to bar Fai from carrying water for the ISI.

Instead,it only prohibited him from concealing that his actions were underwritten by a foreign intelligence service.

Accordingly,the law – the Foreign Agents Registration Act (‘FARA’) – simply required Fai to publicly register that he was acting at the behest of a foreign government.

MacBride,said that Fai’s tax scam resulted in a revenue loss of USD 344,150 but was quick to add that this tax scam was only ancillary to a far more significant offence.

The US attorney said Fai’s letter to the court is bereft of any apology to the people of the United States for deceiving them for 20 years with funds from a Pakistani intelligence service,or of any reference to the damage that he caused to the public discourse about the proper course for this country to take with respect to issues involving Pakistan,India,and Kashmir.

“Fai entered contracts with ISI approval,and was reprimanded by his ISI handler when he failed to get such approval in advance. He reported on his activities to the ISI as instructed by the ISI. He submitted his budgets to the ISI for approval,and reduced them when so instructed by the ISI.”

“To the contrary,revealing his ISI connection would not have undermined his credibility with the Indian government because he had no credibility with the India; the Indian government understood that Fai was an agent of Pakistan,” the US Attorney said.

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