Pakistan’s defence ministry on Wednesday opposed former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen (retired) Asad Durrani’s efforts to get his identify faraway from a no-fly record, saying he had been interacting with India’s exterior intelligence company since 2008.
Durrani has confronted issues from Pakistan’s navy institution since he co-authored the ebook The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace with former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief AS Dulat in 2018. The authorities put Durrani on the Exit Control List (ECL) and the navy stripped him of his pension, allowances and different advantages.
The former ISI chief had petitioned the Islamabad excessive court docket to get his identify faraway from the ECL however the defence ministry informed the court docket in its response on Wednesday that his identify was included within the no-fly record due to “his involvement in anti-state activities”.
The ministry mentioned Durrani’s ebook contained materials regarding Pakistan’s nationwide safety that was in “contravention of the provisions of the Official Secrets Act, 1923” and that there may very well be extra publications “supported by hostile elements which contains content to create misperception, confusion, question marks against the top leadership circles…and to target the common people”.
The ministry additional mentioned Durrani was “affiliated/interacting with hostile elements, especially Indian RAW, since 2008. It contended that Durrani had submitted an “affidavit committing to refrain from such activities” however this was “still not seen in tangible terms”.
Placing Durrani’s identify within the ECL was not “malafide nor without jurisdiction” and hadn’t infringed his elementary rights, the ministry argued. It additionally argued that the liberty of motion and speech have been “subject to reasonable restrictions…in the public interest and integrity, security or defence of Pakistan”.
The ministry mentioned Durrani’s identify couldn’t be faraway from the no-fly record as a result of inquiries have been nonetheless being carried out in opposition to him. It mentioned he needed to journey overseas to take part in conferences, boards and talks that may have “serious national security implications” as was evident from his newest ebook Honour Among Spies, which was printed “through Indian publishers/RAW supported elements”.
After The Spy Chronicles was printed in 2018, Pakistan’s Military Intelligence had requested the inside ministry to place Durrani’s identify within the ECL. Durrani had challenged the transfer within the Islamabad excessive court docket in 2019.
Durrani’s petition is anticipated to be heard once more by the excessive court docket within the second week of February.
In 2019, the Pakistan Army had mentioned Durrani was discovered responsible of violating the navy’s code of conduct. A navy court docket later stripped him of his pension and different advantages. Durrani challenged this order within the Lahore excessive court docket. He knowledgeable the court docket final October that his pension had been restored.
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