NGOs linked to ISI, says FBI

An FBI probe has raised suspicions that two European NGOs could be secretly financed and controlled by Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai and Zaheer Ahmad, the two U.S. heads of the Kashmiri American Council, were charged with secretly working for Pakistan’s intelligence services by the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia on July 18, following a six-year investigation by the FBI. Sarah Linden, the FBI agent who supervised the investigation, also asserted in an affidavit submitted to the court the same day that two European NGOs, the London-based Justice Foundation, which is headed by Nazir Ahmad Shawl, and the Kashmir Centre in Brussels, headed by Abdul Majid Tramboo, had similar links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. All three organisations defend the rights of people in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and regularly denounce the Indian Army’s ill-treatment of the civilian population in the area.

Linden said in her statement that the head of the Kashmiri American Council reported to the representative of the Inter-Services Intelligence at the Pakistan embassy in Washington. They also allegedly received funds from Islamabad via false U.S. donors. Their unofficial mission was to influence U.S. decision-makers on the issue of Pakistan’s claims to Kashmir.