A Tale of Two Spies
Asad Durrani and AS Dulat with Anand Arni
Anand Arni is a Distinguished Fellow of the Geostrategy Programme at the Takshashila Institution, Bangalore. He was formerly Special Secretary in the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW). A career intelligence officer, he served in India’s external intelligence agency for 37 years, retiring in 2012. In the R&AW, he spent over 25 years in dealing with issues related to Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has also dealt with counter-insurgency in the Northeast and was a part of the team sent to Kandahar to negotiate with the hostage takers of IC 814. Post-retirement, he continues to focus on India’s western neighbours. He writes, lectures and participates in conferences on India’s ties with this area.
Lieutenant General Mohammad Asad Durrani is a retired 3-star rank general in the Pakistan Army and presently a commentator, speaker and author. Durrani previously served as the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence and former director-general of the Pakistan Army’s Military Intelligence.
In 2018, he co-authored The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace with A. S. Dulat.
A. S. Dulat (is a former special director of the Intelligence Bureau and former chief of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) from 1999 to 2000. After retirement he was appointed as advisor on Kashmir in the Prime Minister’s Office and served there from January 2000 to May 2004.
In 2015, he came to the center-stage of a lot of media speculation on account of his book Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years.
In 2018, he co-authored The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace with Asad Durrani, former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence.
Dulat is a member of the National Security Advisory Board. He is regarded as one of India’s leading experts on Jammu and Kashmir.
* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.