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Pakistan Army launches formal probe against Asad Durrani over controversial book

Pakistan Army launches formal probe against Asad Durrani over controversial book

Pakistan Army on Monday announced the formation of a formal court of inquiry to probe whether ex-ISI chief Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani disclosed any national secrets in a recently launched book he co-authored with a former spy chief of neighboring India.

A “competent authority” has been approached to add his name on the Exit Control List (ECL), the military’s media wing said.

The retired Durrani, who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence agency from 1990 to 1992, was summoned to the military’s General Headquarters “to explain his position on [the] recently launched book Spy Chronicles,” according to a post on Twitter by military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor.

“A formal Court of Inquiry headed by a serving Lt. Gen. has been ordered to probe the matter in detail. Competent authority approached to place his name on ECL,” he added, referring to the Exit Control List that bars individuals in Pakistan from traveling abroad while they are under investigation.

Durrani co-authored The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace with A.S. Dulat, an ex-chief of India’s Research and Analysis Wing intelligence agency. The book is based on a series of discussion between the two and Indian journalist Aditya Sinha, and covers various topics including Afghanistan, Kashmir and the tense relations between Pakistan and India.

 

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