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Fai claims to have met Indian cabinet ministers

Washington: US-based Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai has claimed that he met several Indian ministers on a regular basis during last two decades of his activities in Washington and had "a channel of communication" opened with the Indian embassy.

62-year-old Fai, who last week in a US court pleaded guilty to the federal charges of being an ISI agent, said in a statement that meeting these Indian officials was part of his strategy to communicate with New Delhi.

In his statement titled `Why Kashmir is Important to Me?`, Fai claims, "During the past twenty years, I along with Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Senior Advisor to the UN Secretary General and late Ayub Thuker, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement, have met with various Indian Cabinet Ministers, belonging to the administrations of Prime Ministers Chandra Shekhar, Narasimha Rao, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh."

However, Fai did not respond to PTI email on the names of these Indian ministers and officials. "And during the past eleven years, I also met with four different officials at the Indian embassy who succeeded each other periodically and introduced me to the new incoming official before leaving for a new post," Fai claimed.

The embassy did not respond to a PTI email seeking a response to the allegations being made by Fai on its official who used to meet him regularly or if it was incorrect.

Fai claimed that it has always been his habit to keep the channel of communication open to the Indian embassy.

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