The FBI became alerted to the men's activities through the use of two confidential witnesses who provided information the FBI about the men's operations. According to the FBI affidavit, one of the witnesses told investigators that Fai received instructions and tasking orders from Pakistani intelligence through a retired Brigadier General named Javeed Aziz Khan.
The FBI affidavit notes that Khan had emailed Fai in April 9, 2009 in an effort to make Secretary of State Hillary Clinton make a statement about Kashmir.
"On April 20 and 21, 2009, Fai faxed letters to numerous members of Congress, requesting them to raise the subject of Kashmir with the Secretary of State during her congressional testimony on those days. I believe that in doing so, Fai acted in response to Khan's tasking to attempt to get a US Official to make a statement on Kashmir."
"Mr. Fai is accused of a decades-long scheme with one purpose – to hide Pakistan's involvement behind his efforts to influence the U.S. government's position on Kashmir," said US Attorney for the eastern district of Virginia Neil MacBride. "His handlers in Pakistan allegedly funneled millions through the Kashmir Center to contribute to U.S. elected officials, fund high-profile conferences, and pay for other efforts that promoted the Kashmiri cause to decision-makers in Washington."
An attorney for Mr. Fai could not be located on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 5 years in prison.