Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ghulam Nabi Fai's arrest and US lawmakers' alleged lobbying for Pakistan.

US federal authorities yesterday arrested a Kashmiri leader Ghulam Nabi Fai for allegedly lobbying for Pakistan and today some US lawmakers who supported Pakistan or the Kashmir cause find themselves in trouble on the charges that they received money from Fai to lobby for Pakistan.

The New York Times highlighted some US lawmakers’ alleged links to Pakistan in this connection.

According to some US media , the US Federal Elections Commission databases shows that Mr Fai contributed more than twenty thousand dollars in campaign contributions over the past two decades. Two recipients are more prominent in this regard: the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Congressman Dan Burton, a Republican who favours Pakistan’s position on Kashmir and other issues as well. Mr Fai made smaller contributions to Democrats as well, including to Congressmen James P. Moran of Virginia, Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio and Gregory W. Meeks of New York.

He also contributed small amounts of $250 to the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns of Al Gore and President Obama. Mr Fai gave over $10,000 to Mr Burton between 1990 and 2010.

Fai also gave $250 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, $250 to the DNC Services Corp and $6,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, it is being alleged.

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