By Muhammad Luqman
Expressing reservations over the book Spy Chronicles, co-authored by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) former chief Lt Gen Asad Durrani, the Pakistan Army has summoned the former spymaster to the general headquarters (GHQ) to clarify his position for violating military’s code of conduct.
“Lt Gen Asad Durrani, retired being called in GHQ on May 28′ 18. Will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in book ‘Spy Chronicles’,” ISPR, the media wing of Pakistan armed forces said in a statement late Friday. “Attribution is taken as violation of Military Code of Conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel.”
‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ is co-authored by Durrani, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) former chief Amarjit Singh Dulat and an Indian journalist Aditiya Sinha.
The launching of the book was held in the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday General Asad Durrani could not participate in the ceremony as he was not granted visa by the Indian authorities.
The book ‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’, is authored by Durrani, former R&AW chief A.S Dulat and journalist Aditya Sinha.
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.