Spy Chronicle book row: Asad Durrani summoned by Pak army

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief of Pakistan Asad Durrani on Saturday has been summoned by the army accusing him of ‘violating’ the military code of conduct’, the Express Tribune reported.

He has been asked for explanation in connection with a ‘controversial’ book he co-authored with an erstwhile Indian spymaster and journalist, reports said.

The development came after several people including politicians questioned how a retired general could co-author a book with a former RAW chief.

The military media wing of Pakistan on Saturday said that Durrani has been summoned to the General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 28 to “explain his position on views attributed to him in the book ‘Spy Chronicles’”.

He had written a book namely The Spy Chronicles: Raw, ISI and the illusion of peace with Amarjit Singh Dulat and Aditya Sinha.

“Durrani made certain observations in the book, including a claim that then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani was fully on board regarding the Abbottabad US Navy Seals operation against Osama Bin Laden and that a special deal was struck between the US and Pakistani governments in this regard. He also went on to suggest that Pakistan mishandled the case of convicted Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav, claiming he would eventually be handed over to India,” reports read.

Military sources said GHQ has serious reservations over some of the comments in the book, terming them baseless and contrary to facts.

It was because of these reasons that Durrani has been asked to clarify his position. “No one is above the law,” said a military source while citing the reason behind summoning the ex-spy chief.

 

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