Spy Chronicles:  Pakistan army orders enquiry against former ISI Chief

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By Muhammad Luqman

A formal court of inquiry , headed by a serving Lt General has been ordered to probe the matter in detail regarding the co-authoring of book , “Spy Chronicles’ by former ISI Chief, Lt. General (rtd) Asad Durrani.

“Lt Gen Asad Durrani, Retired was called at GHQ today (Monday) to explain his position on recently launched book ‘Spy Chronicles,’” Director General ISPR, Lt. General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.

He said that competent authority has been approached to place his (Lt. General Durrani’s) name on ECL.

‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ is co-authored by Lt. General (rtd) Asad Durrani, former ISI Chief, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) ex- chief Amarjit Singh Dulat and an Indian journalist Aditiya Sinha.

The launching ceremony of the book was held in the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday last.  General Asad Durrani could not participate in the event  as he was not granted visa by the Indian authorities.

The book, styled as a conversation between two spymasters, covers a wide range of subjects like Kashmir issue, Kargil conflict , and several other thorny issues between India and Pakistan including Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Durrani had served as ISI chief from 1990 to 1992.

According to defence analysts, Gen Durrani has served as the head of ISI and he should have exercised caution before discussing sensitive matters in his book.

Brigadier (retd) Haris Nawaz said Gen Durrani should have sent his book’s draft to the GHQ for approval.

“All the serving and retired officials are bound to follow the official secret act,” the retired army officer said while talking to a Pakistani news channel.

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