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FBI agent and gangster Kamran Faridi is returning to Pakistan

Former high-profile FBI agent Kamran Faridi has been released from a Florida prison after nearly four years, under the condition that he will deport himself to Pakistan before August this year.

District Judge Cathy Seibel of the South District of New York ordered Faridi’s release, reducing his prison sentence to 72 months from the original 84 months, as seen in a court order obtained by this reporter.

Faridi, once a prominent spy operator who had a past as a Karachi street gangster, finds himself relieved from prison but not from his legal issues. The US government has revoked his citizenship and two residence permits in the UAE and Turkey. Faridi has agreed to permanently leave the US by the end of August and never return, according to a report published by Geo News today.

Now residing in Florida with his wife Kelly, Faridi disclosed that his release comes with several conditions, including surrendering his citizenship acquired in the early 1990s when he started working for the FBI, and committing to depart for Pakistan.

Faridi’s incarceration began on December 9, 2022, following charges of transmitting threats to three former FBI colleagues in New York’s Westchester County.

His involvement in the arrest of Karachi businessman Jabir Motiwala in London in 2018 was brought to light by this reporter, showcasing Faridi’s transition from a criminal to a valued FBI agent tasked with sensitive counter-terrorism operations.

Faridi led a US law enforcement operation in Karachi and New York between 2009-2013 to ensnare Motiwala, who was eventually arrested in London based on the evidence gathered by Faridi.

However, Faridi’s relationship with his FBI handlers soured when he threatened to testify in a UK court that Motiwala was innocent and that the FBI had coerced him into lying about Motiwala’s activities.

Faridi’s downfall began in March 2020 when he was arrested at London Heathrow Airport while attempting to enter the UK, intending to testify against the FBI’s actions regarding Motiwala.

Now, as Faridi prepares to leave the US after nearly 30 years and face the uncertainties of returning to Karachi, he enters into uncharted territory, no longer familiar with the streets he once knew.

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