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Pakistan Army summons former ISI chief

Islamabad, May 26: The Pakistan Army has summoned former ISI chief Lt. Gen. Asad Durrani (retd) to explain his position on views attributed to him in a book of dialogues with former Indian intelligence chief A.S. Dulat, accusing him of violating the “Military Code of Conduct”. Durrani, who was ISI’s Director General between 1990 and 1991, has been summoned to General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on May 28. He will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book “Spy Chronicles”, Pakistan Army spokesperson Maj. Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet. “Attribution (is being) taken as (a) violation of Military Code of Conduct applicable on all serving and retired military personnel,” he added.

Durrani and former Secretary of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), A.S. Dulat have participated in a book of dialogues, moderated by journalist Aditya Sinha. “Spy Chronicles,” throws light on the perspectives, assumptions and observations of the two spymasters on Kashmir; Hafiz Saeed and 26/11; Kulbhushan Jadhav; surgical strikes; the deal for Osama bin Laden; how the US and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries’ attempts at talks. In the book Durrani makes an assessment that “the ISI probably learnt about” Osama bin Laden and “he was handed over to the US according to a mutually agreed process”. Dulat maintains that the assessment from the Indian side “is the same. (IANS)

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