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Ex- ISI Chief Asad Durrani’s Book Stirs Controversy in Pakistan

Lieutenant General (Retd) Asad Durrani, the former chief of Pakistan’s premier Intelligence Agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has co-authored a book with the former RAW chief A.S. Dulat and Indian journalist Aditya Sinha. Asad Durrani’s book which is titled as ‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ reportedly features the conversation between two spymasters and covers a wide range of Indo-Pak subjects like Kargil War and Kashmir Issue etc.

GHQ’s Response to Asad Durrani’s Book

The revelation about Asad Durrani’s book stirred a kind of controversy in Pakistan. Former Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani reportedly said in his speech,” had any civilian co-authored a book with his Indian counterpart, he would have been declared a traitor’.

Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif who was disqualified by Supreme Court, also questioned if there would be a National Security Meeting (NSC) over the book.

Then, came the response of DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, who informed in a Tweet that GHQ had called Assad Durrani to explain his stance.

Leaders from various political parties acknowledged the Pakistan Army’s response to ask Durrani for the explanation.

Talking to media, Pakistan People’s Party leader, Qamar Zaman Qaira said, “Asad Durrani was summoned according to the law, so he should give the explanation.”

Chairman Jamat-i-Isalmi Siraj ul Haq also appreciated the quick response of Pak Army on this matter.

Debate Over Asad Durrani’s Book

Asad Durrani’s book became a subject of heated debate among the Pakistani Twitter users. What people had to say just reflected their opinions on how they see the civil-military relations and whom they side with.

Those Who Praised Army for Doing Justice

Those Who Ask for Following A Standard Protocol

And, there are those who think that ISPR is promoting this book.

What Asad Durrani Has to Say

According to Express Tribune, Durrani has defended his book by saying that it just recorded the perspectives of two people who had an extensive experience about Pakistan and India affairs. He also said, “rather than focus on who had authored the book, attention should be devoted to its content”.

Whether Asad Durrani’s book that jeopardizes the national security of Pakistan or India depends upon the nature of its content. But, the truth is that any debate on this book in Pakistan directly or indirectly roams around the nature of the civil-military relationships, with political leaders exploiting the event to highlight their alleged political victimization.

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