The Foreign Office on Thursday night issued a demarche to the U.S. Embassy here to register Islamabad's concerns over the slander campaign against Pakistan following the arrest of Kashmiri-American Council's (KAC) director Ghulam Nabi Fai by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Breaking its silence two days after his arrest, the Foreign Office also said the Pakistan Embassy in Washington had been asked to ascertain the details. In a late night statement, the Foreign Office recorded Pakistan's appreciation for the contributions made by the KAC and Dr. Fai for the cause of Jammu & Kashmir.

Stating that J&K is one of the oldest disputes on the agenda of the United Nations, the Foreign Office noted that upholding fundamental rights of Kashmiris is the fundamental responsibility of the international community and all conscientious people who value human rights and values.

The KAC, according to the statement, has been working towards this end and Kashmiris appreciate and applaud its services. Campaigns to defame the just cause of the Kashmiri people will not affect its legitimacy, the Foreign Office added.

The charge against Dr. Fai is that he had violated U.S. laws which prohibit people from working for foreign governments without authorization. He is alleged to have received up to $4 million in illegal contributions from Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence. Another man charged along with him, Zaheed Ahmad, is believed to be currently in Pakistan.

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