Virginia: Kashmiri separatist Ghulam Nabi Fai was on Saturday sentenced to two years of imprisonment by a court here for "conspiracy to defraud the US" by concealing the transfer of at least USD 3.5 million from Pakistan's ISI to fund his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir.

62-year-old Fai's 24 months of jail term will be followed by three years of supervised release.

The judge also asked Fai not to maintain any contact with the officials and agents of the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani spy agency - ISI.

"You participated in a conspiracy to defraud the US and completely deceive the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

"You knew Pakistan and the ISI was paying you in a manner because your actions would be consistent with theirs and you would represent their voice and you were willing to do so," Judge Liam O'Grady of a court in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC, said before announcing the verdict.

The judge also said, "He (Fai) clearly knew, he is being paid...Pakistan has lost wars with India on Kashmir and so Pakistan is looking for other means to achieve its objectives."

Fai was arrested by the FBI on July 19 last year and had subsequently pleaded guilty before the court to the charges of being a paid agent of the ISI.

Fai, who was represented by Nina Ginsberg in the court, also requested the court to allow him to surrender after graduation of his daughter on June 25, a plea which was granted.

After listening from both sides and also for a few minutes from Fai himself, the judge said: "sentencing is necessary" even though he has done "moving things" on behalf of people of Kashmir.

"Mr Fai spent 20 years operating the Kashmiri American Council as a front for Pakistani intelligence," said US Attorney Neil MacBride after the sentencing.