Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani on Friday recused himself (ECL) from more hearing an application filed by previous Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general Asad Durrani seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control Listing (ECL).
The court did not supply a reason for his choice, saying he had taken it due to “reasons I do not want to share”.
Retired Lt Gen Durrani discovered himself in hot water after co-authoring a publication, titled The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Impression of Peace, with Amarjit Singh Dulat, the former head of India’s Study as well as Analysis Wing spy agency, in 2018.
After guide’s publication, the Military Knowledge (MI) had written to the indoor ministry to put Durrani’s name on the ECL and also the same was done in May 2018. The previous spymaster tested the relocate the IHC in 2019.
When the request was again used up for hearing on Friday, Justice Kayani introduced his recusal from the situation, which he had been listening to as part of the single-member bench.
” [I] understand the entire history of the situation [as well as] remained in the procedure of writing the reasoning as well,” the judge informed the court. “This is unfortunate yet there are some factors which I don’t wish to share [publically]”.
Justice Kayani stated he was sending the situation back to the IHC principal justice so he might take a decision concerning forming a brand-new bench to hear the issue.
In his request, Gen Durrani declared that the government had placed his name on the ECL in connection with a questions pertaining to a book he co-authored. The questions has actually given that been ended and he had actually also been punished appropriately; nonetheless, his name was still on the ECL.
Last month, the Ministry of Protection had opposed Durrani’s request seeking elimination of his name from the no-fly listing, claiming he had actually been “engaging with aggressive components” consisting of Indian intelligence firm RAW since 2008 and also was most likely to be associated with future publications against the interests of Pakistan.
In its para-wise remarks sent in action to Durrani’s request in the IHC, the support ministry claimed the previous ISI chief’s name was positioned on the ECL for “his participation in anti-state activities”.
It claimed a perusal of the book The Spy Chronicles revealed that it contained “specific materials concerning [the] nationwide protection of Pakistan, being in breach of the provisions of the Official Secrets Acts, 1923”.
” It is further highlighted that there are [a] number of such magazines heading, supported by hostile aspects which consist of web content to produce misperception, confusions, enigma against the top leadership circles at country degree and to target the common people,” checked out the ministry’s feedback.
It claimed Durrani’s name could not be removed from the ECL “at this stage” since queries being conducted against him were being settled. It claimed the former ISI principal wished to travel abroad with the intention of joining worldwide meetings, online forums and also talks which will certainly have “severe national safety ramifications”.
” Furthermore, the petitioner additionally showed up on social media on October 12 and also 13, 2020, as well as expressed his views which naturally can not be well obtained by any type of patriotic person,” the ministry stated.
While noting that Durrani had actually stayed part of the military for 32 years and offered on important and also delicate placements, the ministry claimed “it was inappropriate of his stature to co-author a publication that as well with [an] ex-Indian RAW chief and Indian journalist on matters concerning the national safety of the nation”.
” Therefore, an adequate cause for positioning the petitioner’s name on ECL [exists],” it included.
The ministry claimed after Durrani’s publication was evaluated from a “safety and security viewpoint”, it was validated by the Court of Inquiry that it contained contents “which were against the rate of interests of Pakistan”.
In guide, both ex-spymasters have actually discussed some thorny concerns which have actually kept Pakistan-India ties strained for decades and also sometimes pushed them to the edge of war.
Before the Court of Inquiry was bought versus Durrani, PML-N supremo and also previous head of state Nawaz Sharif had actually drawn a parallel between his declaration on the 2008 Mumbai attacks case and also the contents of The Spy Chronicles. He had also required the National Security Council to reconvene on the issue as it had carried out in his (Sharif’s) situation.