Spying suspect: Doctor linked with Nabi Fai dies in Islamabad

Published: October 8, 2011
Dr Zaheer was accused of lobbying for Pakistan’s Kashmir cause. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

Dr Zaheer was accused of lobbying for Pakistan’s Kashmir cause. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Dr Zaheer Ahmad, said to be an associate of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, died of brain haemorrhage in Islamabad on Friday. He was 63.

Ahmad, who was also the founder of Shifa International Hospital, was accused of influencing US government officials to promote Pakistan’s Kashmir cause without declaring to do so.  It was claimed that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) used Ahmad to transfer money to Fai.

Nabi Fai, 62, a US citizen and the director of Kashmiri American Council (KAC) was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US this July. He was charged with donating money received from the ISI on political campaigns in the US besides influencing politicians for ISI’s Kashmir cause.

The FBI had charged Dr Zaheer with working for Fai. He had been admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) of SIH on September 28. Doctors said his condition deteriorated on Friday and he died in the hospital he had founded. Ahmed was laid to rest in H-8 graveyard. The former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmed led his funeral prayers. Many politicians including PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal, bureaucrats and senior doctors from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi attended the funeral.

He leaves behind four children and a widow. Dr Ahmed was born in 1948 and did his master’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Punjab and then an MD in Internal Medicine from West Indies. He was also a US citizen.

Two months ago, he along with Ghulam Nabi Fai was charged with working as unregistered agents for a foreign country on US soil. While Fai was arrested by the FBI, Ahmed was in Pakistan. Both faced a potential sentence of five years in prison if convicted.

They were charged with participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as agents of the Pakistani government in the United States without disclosing their affiliation with the Pakistani government as required by the US law, maintained the FBI.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Noman Khan
    Oct 8, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Dr. Zaheer and Co. duped the state and public in the name of patriotic and pious physicians with american qualifications, with zeal to serve their country and countrymen, willling to provide world class healh facilities to their countrymen at cheap rates. Recommend

  • david
    Oct 8, 2011 - 11:34AM

    @ Noman Khan

    Dr. Zaheer (may his soul rest in peace) worked hard for the hospital and the capitalist business concern he set up.
    While they could have been a torch bearer and model of excellence for the multitude of medical centers they chose to be just one of the sleaze dens of said pur road.
    having worked there and other places i know this first hand.Recommend

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  • Andrea
    Oct 8, 2011 - 5:26PM

    @Noman Khan: What American qualifications? The guy went to the Carribean to get his medical degree because he was probably a poor student. Everyone knows that the Desi kids in North America who are substandard or lazy have to buy degrees in the Carribean medical schools by desperate parents. When North American the students don’t get admission based on merit, they go to the Carribean for a medical degree.


  • MarkH
    Oct 9, 2011 - 12:40AM

    “When North American the students don’t get admission based on merit, they go to the Carribean for a medical degree.”

    No, they don’t. Or if they do, it’s just a wall decoration they get to come home and look at after their completely unrelated actual job.


  • Sheeraz
    Oct 9, 2011 - 8:53AM

    @Andrea. I am living in north america and this is not th the case.
    And even then if he did so none of your concern. Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 9, 2011 - 8:17PM

    So conduit is silenced. And of course dead men tell no tales.


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