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Pak Army bars Asad Durrani, 2 ISPR ex-DGs from appearing on media as defence analysts

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistani agency ISI's ex-chief Lt Gen (retd.) and two former of the military's have been denied permission by the to appear on media as defence analysts.

In a notification issued on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) - the of the military - has allowed 26 retired officers of the armed forces to appear on media as defence analysts.

"The prominent omissions are Brig (retd.) Mahmood Shah, Lt Gen (retd.) Asad Durrani, Lt Gen (retd.) Talat Masood, Maj (retd.) and DG ISPR Maj Gen (retd.) Athar Abbas and Maj Gen (retd.) Rashid Quershi," reported, citing the notification.

Seven retired Lt Generals are among those allowed to appear on media as defence analysts.

"Their views/comments/opinions on media shall remain personal/independent expression and not attributable to the institution," the notification said.

It also said that any other retired desirous of appearing as can contact the ISPR to obtain a no-objection certificate.

The recently instructed all TV channels to seek prior clearance from the ISPR before inviting retired military officers on and current affairs programmes "to solicit their views on matters of national security".

In a notification dated April 4, the said that "concerned quarters" have observed that retired military officers, when invited on TV programmes, "are usually not fully conversant with the latest defence and security developments due to their service background and post-retirement time".

Lt Gen (retd.) Durrani and Lt Gen (retd.) Masood frequently appeared on the Indian media.

In February, the held Durrani guilty of violating military code of conduct by co-authoring a controversial book with India's former intelligence and punished him by stopping his pension and other benefits.

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

The powerful had ordered a over the book in which the two former chiefs touched upon some thorny issues including terrorism, particularly attack, and the influence of intelligence agencies.

Durrani is also not allowed to leave the country due to his name being on no-fly list.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 16:15 IST
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