Network Of Straw Donors Funnelled ISI Money To Fai9 December 2011
The Economic Times
Washington DC: Before coming under the scanner of the investigative agencies, Pakistan's ISI had developed a closely-knit network of middlemen or straw donors through whom it illegally funnelled its propaganda money to Kashmiri separatist Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and his Kashmiri American Council. Fai, 62, who was arrested by the FBI in July and subsequently put under house arrest, pleaded guilty before a US court to charges of spying for ISI and illegally lobbying to influence American policy on Kashmir. The documents submitted to the court during the guilty plea gives an inkling of the network of the straw donors, who paid to the KAC in cheque and then received the money apparently in cash or through other clandestine means from the ISI either directly or through a middleman named Zaheer Ahmed. Notably Ahmed was also a co-conspirator in the FBI affidavit filed in July. He is reported to have died in Pakistan. The 26-page 'Statement of Fact' signed by Fai and US Attorney specifically mentions at least a dozen such donors, which the ISI had developed over the years. Except for Zaheer Ahmad none of the straw donors have been identified. While one of the so-called fund contributors is identified as 'Conspirator AA' which donated to KAC USD 595,193 since 1993, another called 'Medical Group' donated USD 168,000, the court documents say. Straw donors is a term used for persons who illegally use another's money to make political contributions in their own name. In the US, making a political contribution in another person's name is illegal, as is agreeing to be the named donor with someone else's money.