Pakistani Pleads Guilty To Failing To Disclose His Lobbying In U.S. For Islamabad

Islamabad: A Pakistani man has pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to failing to disclose that he lobbied in Washington between 2012 and 2018 on behalf of the Pakistani government, the Justice Department said on May 7. Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry, 71, admitted to working as an unregistered foreign agent who sought to influence U.S. policies towards Pakistan, it said. He faces a maximum prison term of five years in his sentencing, which is scheduled for July 30.A U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people to disclose to the Justice Department when they lobby or perform other political activities in the United States on behalf of foreign governments. Until recently, the Justice Department has rarely brought criminal cases, choosing instead to encourage people to comply with the law rather than prosecute them when they fail to do so.