Friday, February 22, 2019
RAWALPINDI: Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Friday said Lieutenant General (retd) Asad Durrani, the former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence, was found guilty of violating the military code of conduct.
The DG ISPR was addressing a press conference in the wake of the situation arising after the Pulwama attack.
Major General Ghafoor informed that Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani was found guilty of violating the military code of conduct, after he co-authored a book ‘The Spy Chronicles’ with AS Dulat, the former chief of India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
“He has been found guilty of violating the military code of conduct. His pension and other benefits have been stopped,” the DG ISPR said.
"Two senior military officials are under arrest for espionage. The army chief has ordered their court martial," he further said, adding that the two officials in question “are not part of a network.”
An inquiry was launched against Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani last year for publishing ‘The Spy Chronicles’. He had also been summoned to the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters (GHQ) in May, where he was asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book.
During the news conference, DG ISPR warned India not to mess with Pakistan and refuted reports regarding Pakistan preparing for war, but said that if India initiated any aggression, it would not be able to surprise Pakistan.
"Pakistan is not preparing for war. Threats and reports of war are coming from your side. We are only using our right to self-defence," he addressed Indian leadership's threats of waging war on Pakistan.
"We do not wish to go to war but please be rest assured should you [India] initiate any aggression, first you will never be able to surprise us. But let me assure you, we will surprise you. We shall also dominate the escalation ladder. Never think due to our commitments elsewhere we will have any capacity lack," the DG ISPR warned.