Jammu & Kashmir Separatists Come Out In Support Of Ghulam Nabi Fai22 December 2011
Srinagar: After a long silence, J&K separatists have finally come forward to take up the cause of Ghulam Nabi Fai. Fai was arrested by the FBI on July 19 for allegedly collaborating with Pakistan's ISI spy agency by funnelling hundreds and thousands of dollars to change the US lawmakers' views on Kashmir. The head of Washington-based Kashmir American Council (KAC), Fai was found guilty by a US court of influencing the country's policy on Kashmir. The Hurriyat Conference's hardline faction, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) are now holding seminars in support of Fai in Srinagar. 'If India is allowed to lobby and influence policymakers in the US and other countries, then what is the justification for targeting Fai for lobbying for Kashmir,' a Hurriyat spokesman said. 'The Hurriyat Conference will not leave Fai alone and a message will be conveyed to the international community that the struggle of Kashmiris is for a genuine cause, and the people active on the diplomatic front have a role in (finding) a solution to the dispute,' he added. Geelani has arranged a seminar - titled 'Indian conspiracy against Fai' - at his Hyderpora residence on December 25. A number of intellectuals and politicos will speak there, and KAC spokesman Sareer A. Fazili is expected to tele-address the gathering. The Hurriyat describes Fai as the victim of a diplomatic conspiracy and calls him the Kashmiris' ambassador. The JKLF seminar will be held on December 31 and has been titled 'Diplomatic front of freedom movement and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai'. The JKLF said the gathering would discuss the problems faced by Fai, who was abandoned by many of his Kashmiri beneficiaries after he was arrested and charged by the US. Some people, who were regulars to Fai's seminars and conferences, even deleted him as a friend on Facebook. On December 8, Fai pleaded guilty before a US court and confessed that he worked for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue by India and Pakistan. He disclosed he had contacts with and had even met several Indian ministers, and was in regular touch with the Indian embassy in the US.