South Asia

Former ISI Head Summoned by Pakistan Army Over Controversial Book

Asad Durrani co-authored 'The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace' along with India's ex-spy chief A.S. Dulat, in which they discuss the workings of ISI, former President Musharraf, terrorism and Afghanistan.

Islamabad: Pakistan’s powerful army has summoned former ISI chief Asad Durrani to seek his explanation over a book he co-authored with India’s ex-spy chief A.S. Dulat, accusing him of ‘violating’ the military code of conduct.

Lieutenant General (retd) Durrani, who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency from August 1990 till March 1992, along with Dulat has written The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace. The book was released on Wednesday.

The Pakistan Army in a statement said Durrani was being called to General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 28 and “will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in book Spy Chronicles.”

“Attribution taken as violation of Military Code of Conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel,” according to the statement issued last night

Durrani was summoned after ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif demanded yesterday an urgent meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the content of the book

Former chairman Pakistan Senate Raza Rabbani criticised the book by rival spy chiefs

“Had a politician done the same thing he would have been labelled a traitor,” he said.

(PTI)

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