NEW DELHI: The arrest of a man accused of acting as a Pakistani government agent in the United States “was long overdue” India’s home secretary said on Saturday, according to a report.
Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a US citizen detained on Tuesday, is suspected of links to a decades-long effort that allegedly funnelled millions of dollars to Washington to lobby US politicians on behalf of Kashmiri causes.
Commenting on Fai’s arrest, India’s Home Secretary RK Singh said: “Yes, his arrest was long overdue,” the Press Trust of India reported.
Fai has been a prominent figure in the politics of Indian Kashmir.
The US Justice Department said Fai and Zaheer Ahmad, 63, a US citizen and a resident of Pakistan, face five years in prison if found guilty.
The US complaint alleges Fai and Ahmad conspired illegally as Pakistani agents, falsifying and concealing material facts that they had a duty to disclose in dealings with the United States government.
The allegations, which come amid increasingly strained ties between the United States and Pakistan, centre on the Kashmiri American Council (KAC), a Washington-based group founded in 1990.
“We had a fair degree of suspicion that the money he (Fai) used to get was given by the agencies in Pakistan,” Singh said on the sidelines of a regional security conference in the Bhutanese capital Thimpu.
The KAC is suspected of being run by the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI).