UK scanning ISI’s ‘links’ with Kashmir lobbying group


The Scotland Yard has initiated a probe into the activities and financing of London-based Kashmir lobbying group Justice Foundation, suspected to be a front for the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), a report in the Times of India said on Friday. The revelation comes a day after the Kashmiri American Council’s director in Washington DC, Ghulam Nabi Fai, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
India will soon write to the UK and Belgium to initiate similar action against “Kashmir Centres” in London and Brussels. A Scotland Yard spokesman told the Times of India: “We can confirm we are liaising with US authorities.” The British Home Ministry said it was probably not an offence under UK laws for lobbyists to be under-written by a foreign government or any of its agencies. “To the best of our knowledge, it is not,” said a spokesman. This means police and the Crown Prosecution Service will have to take recourse to some other legislation if they proceed against the Justice Foundation.