NEW YORK - Amid intensification of the media campaign against Pakistan, especially ISI, a leading US newspaper reported Sunday that Washington had forced a Pakistani Consulate official in New York, who allegedly spied on Pakistanis living in America, to leave the country. Mohammed Tasleem, a clandestine operative of the Pakistani spy agency, had been posing as an FBI agent to extract information from Pakistanis living in the US and was issuing threats to keep them from speaking openly about Pakistans government, The New York Times said in a dispatch, adding that his activities were part of what government officials in Washington, along with a range of Pakistani journalists and scholars, say is a systematic ISI campaign to keep tabs on the Pakistani diaspora inside America. Tasleem collected information in a variety of ways, and that on at least one occasion he passed himself off as an FBI agent to get information from one Pakistani living in the US, an American official, who was briefed on the episode, told the Times. The FBI brought Tasleems activities to Leon Panetta, then the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and last April, Panetta had a tense conversation with ISI chief Lt-Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the dispatch said. Within days, Tasleem was spirited out of America a quiet resolution typical of the spy games among the worlds powers, it added. But some of the secrets of that hidden world became public last week when Kashmiri American Council (KAC) executive director Ghulam Nabi Fai, along with another man, working for the charity that the FBI believes is a front for Pakistans spy service were indicted, the Times pointed out. Fai, a 62-year-old US citizen, was arrested by FBI last week on charges of being an ISI agent who lobbied for the cause of Kashmir on behalf of the spy agency and Pakistan Army. Citing one American law enforcement official, the newspaper said the FBI had originally hoped to arrest the two men working for the Kashmiri council several times earlier this year but was told each time by the State Department or the CIA that the arrests would only aggravate the frayed relations between the United States and Pakistan. The indictments came as the CIA was trying to negotiate the release of a Pakistani doctor who was jailed by the ISI on accusations that he had helped the Americans track down Osama bin Laden before his killing. Washington has long been a venue for spy games between Pakistan and India as they have tried to win favour among lawmakers and White House officials, the dispatch said. A senior official at Pakistans Embassy in Washington, who was not named, said it was customary for intelligence agencies to operate outside the limelight, adding that it was unfortunate that the ISI had become a subject of demonization. There is nothing that the ISI does in the United States that is not part of the normal function of intelligence agencies, the embassy official said. The ISI has never deliberately violated an understanding with the US government or deliberately violated American law. But, according to The New York Times, several Pakistani journalists and scholars in the United States interviewed over the past week said that they were approached regularly by Pakistani officials, some of whom openly identified themselves as ISI officials. The journalists and scholars said the officials caution them against speaking out on politically delicate subjects like the indigenous insurgency in Balochistan or accusations of human rights abuses by Pakistani soldiers. The verbal pressure is often accompanied by veiled warnings about the welfare of family members in Pakistan, they said.