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Former Pakistan Spy Chief Barred From Traveling Abroad Over Tell-All Book

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa
Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa

A former head of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency has been barred from leaving the country in connection with a recent memoir he co-authored with a former Indian intelligence-agency head.

The Pakistani Army on May 28 summoned retired Lieutenant General Asad Durrani for questioning at its headquarters in Islamabad, after which it announced Durrani had been placed on the Exit Control List of people banned from leaving Pakistan.

Durrani headed the ISI from 1990 until 1992.

Durrani's memoir, The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI, And The Illusion Of Peace," was co-written with A.S. Dulat, a former head of India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency. Published last week, it documents the intense rivalry between India and Pakistan and their use of proxy fighters in Afghanistan and the disputed region of Kashmir.

The United States has long accused Pakistan of aiding militants – including the Taliban -- in Afghanistan, charges that Islamabad rejects.

The military did not say which parts of the book it viewed as "violating military discipline."

The book also speculates that the Pakistani authorities may have informed the United States of the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden shortly before the 2011 U.S. raid in which bin Laden was killed. Pakistan has always maintained it only knew about the U.S. raid after it occurred.

The book also discusses the Pakistani military's alleged interference in domestic politics and its support for militants fighting against India in Kashmir.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP