New Delhi: Two days after the release of his book The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace, former ISI chief Asad Durrani has been summoned at the Pakistani army headquarters. Durrani, who co-authored the book with former RAW chief AS Dulat, has been accused of “violating the military code of conduct”.
Pakistani army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Friday that Durrani had been summoned to the General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 28, where he “will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book Spy Chronicles.”
“Lt Gen Asad Durrani, Retired being called in GHQ on 28th May 18. 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,” said a statement released on Twitter by Major General Ghafoor, who is the chief of the Inter-Services Public Relations, the publicity wing of Pakistan’s military establishment.
Durrani, whom AS Dulat fondly refers to as ‘General Sahab’ in the book, has remarked several times that the unprecedented joint effort between the former spymasters of the two hostile neighbours, is an attempt to cool down tempers and call for a dialogue between the India and Pakistan.
The book is a compendium of discussions between the former ISI and RAW chiefs on various subjects like Afghanistan, Pervez Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif, Ajit Doval, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Kashmir and Narendra Modi.
Durrani had admitted in the book that Pakistan was fully aware of the US-launched operation to nab Osama Bin Laden, and the fact that his country has mismanaged the Kulbhushan Jadhav episode. He had also, in his discussions with Dulat and senior journalist Aditya Sinha, admitted that Hurriyat was a creation of Pakistan.
In an interview with News18 three days ago, the retired ISI chief had also hinted that Pakistan is actively involved in the current unrest in Kashmir.
“Some in Pakistan may have reasons to watch India lose its grip over the Kashmiris with expectancy. One indeed could not be playing fiddle while Kashmir burns and bleeds,” he said.
On Friday, when the orders to summon Durrani were issued, former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif drew parallels between the statements he had made on Pakistan’s role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks for which he was severely criticised, and those made by Durrani.
Sharif had asked for the National Security Council (NSC) of Pakistan to sit down and discuss the issues raised by him and by Durrani in his book. Sharif had also alleged that the former director of ISI had disclosed some classified information.