Pakistan military summons ex-spy chief over book controversy


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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army has summoned the ex-head of the intelligence agency, accusing him of violating the military code of conduct over a book he co-authored with the former spy chief of arch rival India.

Retired Lieutenant General Asad Durrani, who headed Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1990 to 1992, also came under fire from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly disclosing national secrets in the book.

In a surprise move, Durrani co-authored “The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of peace” with A.S. Dulat, the ex-chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency.

The book is based on a series of discussion between Durrani and Dulat with Indian journalist Aditya Sinha on various topics including Afghanistan, Kashmir and the tense relations between Pakistan and India.

Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Durrani had been called to the general headquarters 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,” the spokesman added.

Durrani was summoned after Sharif Friday criticised him for disclosing secrets in the book.— AFP