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Pakistan’s army summons former spy chief over book

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Pakistan’s army has summoned a former spy chief over a book he co-authored with his former Indian counterpart.

The newly released book, entitled “Spy Chronicles,” suggests Pakistan cooperated with the US in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The book is co-written by Asad Durrani, the former chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence; AS Daulat, the former head of India’s Research and Analysis Wing; and the Indian journalist Aditya Sinha. Durrani had retired years before the bin Laden raid.

Durrani also came under fire from former prime minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly disclosing national secrets in the book.

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, tweeted late on Friday that Durrani had been summoned to appear at army headquarters on Monday over violations of military rules on attribution.

Ghafoor said Durrani had been called and “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,” the spokesman added.

The book is based on a series of discussion between Durrani and Dulat on various topics including Afghanistan, Kashmir and the tense relations between Pakistan and India.

Disclosing secrets

Durrani was summoned after Sharif on Friday criticised him for disclosing secrets in the book.

Sharif apparently tried to draw a parallel between Durrani’s revelations and his own statement suggesting Pakistani militants were behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which sparked a firestorm at home and in India and was later slammed by Pakistan’s National Security Council.

The former prime minister had approached what is seen as a red line by touching on criticism of Pakistan’s powerful armed forces, especially their alleged use of proxies in India, in his interview with Dawn newspaper published last week.

“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” Sharif told Pakistan’s leading English daily, referring to stalled court cases against several suspects.

The Mumbai attacks left 166 people dead and brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.

Media reports said Durrani had admitted Pakistan’s role in the unrest in Indian-administered Kashmir in the book.

Sharif had called for the National Security Council to convene over Durrani’s views in the book and accused the general of disclosing classified information.

Sharif was ousted from the premiership by the Supreme Court last July but his party remains in power.