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Former DG ISI Hamid Gul Passed Away due to brain Haemorrhage

Former DG ISI Hamid Gul Passed Away due to brain Haemorrhage

Former DG ISI Hamid Gul Passed Away due to brain Haemorrhage

Former DG ISI Hamid Gul Passed Away due to brain Haemorrhage

Former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence, General (r) Hameed Gul has passed away on Saturday evening due to brain haemorrhage, according to his family sources.

He had been taken to the Combined Military hospital in Murree on Saturday after he suffered brain haemorrhage. Despite efforts by the doctors, he could not be saved.

His body was shifted to his house in Rawalpindi. He is expected to be buried in army graveyard in Rawalpindi after early evening prayers. Abdullah, returns from Turkey and the other son returns from Australia.

Hameed Gul was a retired high-ranking general officer in the Pakistan Army, and a former spymaster famous for serving as the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, between 1987 and 1989 during the late stages of and post-stages of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Gul was born on 20 November 1936 to Muhammad Khan in the Sargodha District of Punjab in what was then British India but now Pakistan. He got his early education from a school in his village. He briefly got admission in Government College Lahore, before reporting to Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, Abbottabad.

His family, originally from Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa migrated to Lahore and after a few years they settled in Sargodha. Gul belongs to Mohmand tribe of Pashtuns.

Hamid Gul was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in October 1956 with the 18th PMA Long Course in the 19th Lancers regiment of the Armoured Corps. He was a squadron commander during the 1965 war with India. He attended the Command and Staff College Quetta in 1968-69.

During 1972–1976, Gul directly served under General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq as a battalion commander, and then as Staff Colonel, when General Zia was GOC, 1st Armoured Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan.

Thus, Gul had already cemented his ties with General Zia by serving under him when both were officers in the Armoured regiments of the II Corps. Gul was promoted to Brigadier in 1978 and steadily rose to be the Martial Law Administrator of Bahawalpur and then the Commander of the 1st Armoured Division, Multan in 1982, his appointments expressly wished by Zia himself.

According to information available on Wikipedia, Gul was widely credited for pressing the hard-line policies on India after the start of the insurgency in Kashmir by diverting fighters who participated in the Soviet war in Afghanistan to Indian-held Kashmir. Gul was also instrumental in the establishment of the Taliban and was once known as the “father of the Taliban”.
Gul’s tenure as the director of the ISI coincided with Benazir Bhutto’s term as the prime minister of Pakistan. Later, Gul allegedly established the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) to counter the Pakistan People’s Party.

Source: Express Tribune

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