Pakistan’s former ISI chief Hamid Gul – retired army general died of a brain hemorrhage in the town of Murree, northeast of capital Islamabad.
General Hamid Gul was vacationing and celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day with family in Murree. Late evening, Gul’s health condition worsened and he was rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. As tributes pour nationwide are likely to anger India and Afghanistan.
Gen. Gul served as Director-General of Pakistan’s powerful military intelligence Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for two years, between 1987 and 1989. During his tenure, he supported the CIA funded jihad in Afghanistan against the Soviet troops. Some of those Jihad fighters later joined the Taliban movement. Later, he broke with the US and raised his voice in favor of Islamic militants including al-Qaeda’s then leader, Osama Bin Laden.
Notorious spymaster was often described as one of the most outspoken military leaders of his era due to his hard-line Islamist views against the United States and India. Gen. Gul also supported the armed insurgency in India-administered Kashmir. He retired in 1992 after serving the military and intelligence for more than two decades.
In the recent years, former spy chief constantly blamed Washington and Delhi for violence and instability in Pakistan on various platforms. Since his retirement, he spent much of his precious time as a pundit propounding various conspiracy theories. He was often spotted at the Islamist rallies alongside militant leaders. He also participated in 1965 war against India where he was a tank commander at the Chawinda front near Sialkot city of Punjab province.
In an interview in 2010, Gen Gul said: “America is history, Karzai is history, the Taliban are the future.”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif and other high officials expressed condolences over his death. Funeral prayers were offered at Race Course Rawalpindi and was attended by number of key figures of the country including Army chief and Gen (retd) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The deceased was buried at Army Graveyard, Rawalpindi. IMAGE/latimes