The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the illusion of Peace

by Sajawal Rehman on May 26, 2018 | Images Source Social Media


Asad Durrani’s book The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the illusion of Peace has conjured up a storm of controversy in the country since its release. Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed in the book, the Pakistani author, Lt-Gen Durrani, has come under severe criticism.  Spy Chronicles is also co-authored by Chief of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing of India), Amarjit Singh Dulat and Aditya Sinha, an Indian journalist. Durrani was an Inter-Services Intelligence Chief from August 1990 till March 1992.

On 24 May in an event in New Delhi, this book was released by former Prime Minister and Vice President Manmohan Singh, Hamid Ansari and few other notable persons.

As the details of this story unravel, they leave the citizens of Pakistan bewildered as they are wary of the current fragile relations with their neighbors. The fact that this book has two-third Indian participation doesn’t sit well with Pakistanis as it would mean biases in some describing some critical events.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), tweeted about confirming that the former Chief has been called forth on May 28 regarding the whole debacle. The military stance on the matter is that the retired chief is in violation of the code of conduct.

The book’s style is a discussion between two spymasters that covers several dubious topics, some of them are as follows:

  1. The incident of Abbottabad that saw one of the most wanted man for US Army Osama Bin Laden taken out. The book states that US and Pakistani Governments were working together to carry out this critical operation on Pakistani soil.
  2. The topic of Indian Spy, Kulbushan Jadhav, was also implied to be inefficiently conducted and raised question about their claim of his eventual return.
  3. Other controversial topics include the Kargil Operation, Hafiz Saeed and India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
  4. There are statements in the book which spur reservations about freedom movement in the Indian Held Kashmir as the Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani is also a talking point.

The book caused a massive wave of turbulence over Pakistanis and the GHQ has promptly called forth action upon the statements made in the book. These comments are termed as devoid of truth and opposite to the facts.

In these trying times, the nature of the recently published book and the persona of their writers make for an appalling combination. The disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani have both spoken out about the questionable book and demanded action. The former called upon an establishment of national commission to look into the matter. Rabbani chided the fact that much severe consequences were to be faced by any civilian or politician if they were involved in the same activity as Durrani. He stated that it is simply shocking that two former Chiefs of spy agencies have teamed up to write a book considering the rough recent relations between both countries.

The Pakistani author, however, deems that the book The Spy Chronicles should be read to form a clear perspective than gaining information from news fragments. He also asserts that the collaboration is on literary terms between people from opposite side, having varying perspectives, with knowledge about Indo-Pak affairs. The Pakistani Military states the book’s substance as untrue and distorted. Whatever is the outcome of this story will reveal itself in a few upcoming days.

To get more clear insights on the book, download it here (The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the illusion).

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Sajawal Rehman


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