The Spy Chronicles - WikipediaSome time in , a series of dialogues took place which set out to find a meeting ground, even if only an illusion, between A. Dulat and Asad Durrani. As they could not meet in their home countries, the conversations, guided by journalist Aditya Sinha, took place in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu. On the table were subjects that have long haunted South Asia, flashpoints that take lives regularly. It was in all ways a deep dive into the politics of the subcontinent, as seen through the eyes of two spymasters. When the project was first mooted, General Durrani laughed and said nobody would believe it even if it was written as fiction. At a time of fraught relations, this unlikely dialogue between two former spy chiefs from opposite sides a project that is the first of its kind may well provide some answers.
Understanding the Controversy Around Spy Chronicles
If charged, Mr. Durrani could face jail time. The book is set as a dialogue between the former chiefs, where they expound on topics like the American raid to capture Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and whether the presidency of Donald J. Trump is good for their countries. In Mr.
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As Durrani has been placed on an Exit Control List ECL and is set to face a formal court of inquiry probing into the matter, it is necessary to review the heart of this controversy: what about The Spy Chronicles is bad enough to elicit such a strong response? The authors being two former intelligence chiefs from India and Pakistan, it was expected that the Kashmir issue would be discussed in detail. In this way, the two spy chiefs are in agreement that India has successfully laid its claim on Kashmir, while Pakistan may not be quite as wedded as it likes to convey to the disputed territory. A formal Court of Inquiry headed by a serving Lt Gen has been ordered to probe the matter in detail. Competent authority approached to place his name on ECL. When high-ranking intelligence officials from India and Pakistan meet, Afghanistan is another inevitable topic for discussion. Yet, for such a controversial subject, there is a surprising degree of consensus between Dulat and Durrani within The Spy Chronicles.
This book is devised in the form of extensive dialogues on relations between India and Pakistan, as seen in the handling by these countries of the extremely sensitive issues of Kashmir, Balochistan and Afghanistan. As such, critical questions are touched upon insurgency, liberation, terrorism, the application of military force and the role of intelligence agencies, the deftness or otherwise of the use of state power, the negative power of bureaucracies, and the personality, acceptability, and ideology of the Prime Minister in each country since Morarji Desai in India and Zulfiqar Bhutto in Pakistan. An automatic interest in these themes is aroused by the very title of the volume. The authors, A. Dulat and Lt. General retd Asad Durrani, served as chiefs of their respective agencies 10 years apart and were not principal intelligence antagonists as heads of their respective services. In this they have doubtless been aided by high contacts in their respective countries.