India on Saturday said the arrest of Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai in the U.S. was long overdue as there has been suspicion for a long time that he was getting funds from Pakistani agencies.
“Yes, his (Fai) arrest was long overdue,” Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told PTI when asked about the arrest of the U.S.-based chief of a Kashmir advocacy group in America.
“Because we had fair degree of suspicion that the money he used to get was given by the agencies in Pakistan,” Mr. Singh said.
Mr. Singh is in Thimphu to attend the 4th meeting of the SAARC Interior/ Home Ministers.
Dr. Fai was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday for illegally lobbying for Pakistan and its spy agency to influence US policy on Kashmir. Reports also suggested that Fai made donations to U.S. Congressmen and presidential candidates, and organised conferences and seminars to reflect the viewpoint of Pakistan on Kashmir.
Earlier, India had refused to comment on Dr. Fai’s arrest, saying “facts speak for themselves”.