US charges two for illegal lobbying for Pakistan

July 19, 2011 21:48

WASHINGTON - Two US citizens have been charged with illegally lobbying the United States for the Pakistani government and its spy agency over the disputed territory of Kashmir, US authorities said on Tuesday.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, was arrested in Virginia on charges that he failed to register as an agent of a foreign government in his capacity as director of the Kashmiri American Council and for receiving at least $4 million from Pakistan for his lobbying efforts.

Zaheer Ahmad, 63, was also charged but is believed to be at large in Pakistan.

The arrest and allegations are likely to only further strain ties between Washington and Islamabad which were already complicated -- particularly after US forces conducted a secret raid in Pakistan in May that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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