What An Unlikely Collaboration Between Former India, Pakistan Spy Chiefs Looks Like

Raw, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ is an intriguing read end-to-end just for what the former Pakistani spy chief reveals and doesn’t.

‘Spy Chronicles,’ a series of conversations between the former spy chiefs of India and Pakistan, A.S. Dulat and Asad Durrani respectively, is a fascinating look at some of the most intractable issues that both men dealt with in their time – be it the Kashmir issue or the Narendra Modi doctrine or the response the name ‘Ajit Doval’ evokes in Pakistan.

Dulat was head of India’s external intelligence agency RAW between 1999-2000, while Durrani was head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, between 1990-92.

It is engrossing to read the book end-to-end to see what the former Pakistani spy chief left out. Durrani was perhaps one of the most powerful men in all of Pakistan as the Cold War drew to an end – a war which enormously impacted his country as the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 and as a result, so did the Americans.

Of course, Durrani is too smart to refuse to answer a question. But the fact that he parries the most important ones may be put down to the fact that the questioner didn’t push him enough. Read More…

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