Abdul Bari MasoudNew Delhi, May 24:
Former ISI chief, Asad Durrani said if it was Kashmir that had caused so much of heart-burns for India and Pakistan, they should turn it from a conflict to test case of cooperation.
In his pre-recorded video message played at the book launch of ‘The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace’ jointly authored by former RAW chief Amarjit Singh Dulat and former ISI chief Mohammad AsadDurrani besides journalist and author, AdityaSinha, he said, “I am inspired by the native system ‘tumhi ne darddiyahai, tum hi duadena’ (seek anti-dote from what caused the pain).”
Durrani was scheduled to participate in his book launch but did not get Indian visa to attend the function.
“I specially thank the Indian deep state, who by denying me the visa saved me from the wrath of our hawks,” he said.
“They will be happy to know that I have not yet been cleared by the South Block,” Durrani said referring to the building that houses India’s Prime Minister’s Office and Ministries of Defence and External Affairs.
He called the book an “unprecedented” effort where two former intelligence chiefs from two “hostile countries” had tried to work together.
“Under the present environment, people interested in people-to-people ties have no option but it is hope that keeps us going,” Durrani said.