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Durrani didn't obtain NOC from Pak Army before publishing book: ISPR spokesman

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today said ex-ISI (retired) did not obtain a 'No Objection Certificate' from it before publishing a controversial book along with former RAW AS Dulat.

Durrani's name has been put on the no-fly list and has ordered a to investigate his claims mentioned in the book.

The book titled 'The Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace' sparked a major controversy in as various political parties voiced their reservations over it, with former demanding an emergency meeting of the over the issue.

Durrani, who served as the of Pakistan's intelligence agency from August 1990 till March 1992, was subsequently summoned to the by the military last week, and a formal was ordered to probe the matter.

Responding to questions on the issue at a press briefing, the Inter-Services Public Relations Asif Ghafoor shared new details on the controversy.

He said Durrani did not obtain a No Objection Certificate from the for the book he co-authored with Dulat.

The release of the book has sparked accusations of treachery against the former chief after his candid views on various matters of regional and global concern came under intense public scrutiny.

The powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half its history since independence in 1947, is considered a major player in the country's

Ghafoor said that the institution itself took notice of the book controversy, and confirmed that an inquiry has been initiated against Durrani.

"An enquiry has been ordered as he (Durrani) failed to give proper explanation when summoned. The probe will complete its work which will be shared," he said.

He said the reaction against Durrani was strong because the cannot afford to tolerate indiscipline from anyone.

"has never forgiven any mistake, whether made by a soldier or a general," he said.

Ghafoor also recalled Durrani's dismissal from service, saying that who he was as a person was not the

Army's concern, but who he had been as part of the institution necessitated a review of his actions.

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First Published: Mon, June 04 2018. 19:45 IST