Asad Durrani

Asad Durrani
Birth nameMohammad Asad Durrani
Nickname(s)Fire Fox
Born (1941-02-07) February 7, 1941 (age 78)
Rawalpindi, British India[1]
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Army
Years of service1959–1993
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant-General
UnitMilitary Intelligence Corps
Commands heldInter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI)
Military Intelligence (DG MI)
Judge Advocate General Branch
Command and Staff College
National Defence University
350th Military Intelligence Brigade
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani war of 1965
Bangladesh Liberation War
Indo-Pakistani war of 1971
Soviet–Afghan War
Operation Midnight Jackal
Hilal-i-Imtiaz (military)

Lieutenant General Mohammad Asad Durrani (Urdu: محمد اسد درانی‎; born 7 February 1941) is a retired 3-star rank general in the Pakistan Army and presently a commentator and speaker.[2] Durrani previously served as the director-general of the Inter-Services Intelligence and former director-general of the Pakistan Army's Military Intelligence.


Durrani was born in 1941 in Rawalpindi, British India (present-day Pakistan). From 1957 to 1959, he attended the Government College, now a university, where he did his degree in Bachelor of Science. He joined the Pakistan Army in 1959.[3] and subsequently joined the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.[4] In 1960, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the army as a gunner officer. As a captain he participated in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965, where he commanded his company.[4] In 1968, he was promoted to major. He also took part in the 1971 war against India.[4]

Durrani has been in key posts, including an instructorship at the officers' academy and later at the Command and Staff College, Quetta, as Director General of Military Intelligence from 1988 to 1989;[5] Director General of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence[6] from 1990 to 1991, Inspector General Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters and Commandant at the National Defence College.

Durrani is a graduate from the General Staff Academy, Germany. He has also been Pakistan's military attaché to Germany from 1980 to 1984. After retiring from the army, he was Pakistan's ambassador to Germany (1994–97) and Saudi Arabia (2000–02).[4][7]

In 1994, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused Durrani and Mirza Aslam Beg of wanting to sell "heroin to pay for the country's covert military operations in early 1991."[8]

In 2008, Durrani acknowledged "distributing money to the alliance against Benazir Bhutto" in the 1993 Pakistani general election.[9]

In 2015, Durrani told the press it was “probable” the Pakistani government knew Osama bin Laden’s location and “the idea was that at the right time, his location would be revealed. And the right time would have been when you can get the necessary quid pro quo.”[10]

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