Former ISI Chief General (R) Asad Durrani placed on ECL

Former ISI Chief General (R) Asad Durrani placed on ECL

*RAWALPINDI - An inquiry will be held against former spymaster Lt. Gen. (r) Asad Durrani, according to DG ISPR. *

According to a tweet by the DG ISPR, competent authorities have been approached to place Durrani’s name on the Exit-Control List. The former ISI chief was summoned to the GHQ where he was asked to give a clarification about the controversial book, *The Spy Chronicles: ISI, RAW and the Illusion of Peace* that he co-authored with ex-R&AW chief Dulat.

Mubasher Lucman said that Gen. (r) Durrani can be slapped with a severe punishment. He said that the former spymaster had committed serious violations of the code of conduct. He said that it was important to expose the elements who were behind Asad Durrani.

“If you go through the cases of the apex court, it was Durrani who made the IJI and facilitated Nawaz Sharif,” he said. “He was the one who gave him money to act against Benazir Bhutto.”

On May 22, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted that the former DG ISI would be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book. Durrani’s views were taken as a violation of the military code of conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel.

The army, according to journalists who cover it, thinks that the former spymaster’s book could tarnish the military’s image abroad and would strengthen the “enemy’s narrative” globally.

The book deals with sensitive topics ranging from Hafiz Saeed to the Mumbai attacks and even the Abbottabad operation. The book also focuses on the operations conducted by the ISI and R&AW.

The book is in the format of a conversation between the two former spymasters who go to great lengths to give their analysis. However, the discussion of certain national security issues has irked some people in Pakistan who have questioned Gen (r) Durrani’s act of discussing what could be called state secrets in public.