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Interior Ministry bans ex-ISI chief Asad Durrani from leaving Pak

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today banned the agency ISI's former Lt Gen (retd.) from leaving the country, a day after the powerful ordered a over a controversial book he recently co-authored with India's former intelligence head.

Durrani, who headed the (ISI) agency from August 1990 till March 1992, along with former RAW A S Dulat has recently published the book titled 'The Chronicles: RAW, and the Illusion of Peace' in

A notification issued by the ministry read that the name of was added to the Exil Control List (ECL) on the "recommendation of due to his involvement in an ongoing inquiry".

The decision was taken a day after the asked the government that Durrani should be put on the ECL.

Those persons on the ECL are prohibited from leaving

Durrani was yesterday summoned to the (GHQ) to explain his position on the book 'Chronicles'.

Apparently he failed to satisfy the military as it was announced that a "formal headed by a serving has been ordered to probe the matter in detail."

Durrani was apparently summoned after ousted demanded an urgent meeting of the high-powered (NSC) to discuss a recent book co-authored by a former spy chiefs of and

Also, former Raza Rabbani and of Peoples Party criticised the joint book by rival spy chiefs and said if it was written by a civilian, he would have been branded as traitor.

The two former spy chiefs have touched upon in the book some thorny issues including terrorism, particularly attack, and the influence of intelligence agencies.

In the book, Durrani has revealed that track-II diplomacy was in place since long aimed at averting war between the two nuclear-armed neigbours.

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First Published: Tue, May 29 2018. 22:45 IST