Former ISI chief Hamid Gul passes away in Murree

Published: August 16, 2015
According to his daughter, Uzma Gul, the former spy master had been taken to the Combined Military hospital in Murree on Saturday after he suffered brain haemorrhage.

According to his daughter, Uzma Gul, the former spy master had been taken to the Combined Military hospital in Murree on Saturday after he suffered brain haemorrhage.

Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul passed away in Murree on Saturday evening due to brain haemorrhage, Express News reported.

According to his daughter, Uzma Gul, the former spy master 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.

The three-star general 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 fought in 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 Ziaul-Haq as a battalion commander, and then as Staff Colonel, when General Zia was GOC, 1st Armoured Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan.

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.

He then served as the director general of ISI between March 29, 1987 and October 4, 1989.

He retired from service in 1992.

Expressing grief over Lt Gen Gul’s death, Army chief General Raheel Sharif expressed sorrow and extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his heartfelt condolences over the demise of Lt.Gen.(retd.) Gul. He commiserated with the bereaved family to bear this loss.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed also expressed their condolences.

As news of his death spread, many took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express grief over his demise.

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Reader Comments (94)

  • Changawi
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:12AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Deeply saddened by this news.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:15AM

    The person widely known as most responsible for stroking religious-based extremism, one who consistently refused to recognize the menace he had helped create.
    Allah knows best and may He judge him for what he has done!Recommend

  • faisal
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:16AM

    May Allah rest his soul in peace… AmeenRecommend

  • M@NI
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:18AM

    An honest and a Man of integrity. Love for pakistan was in his blood. Pakistan may not be the same after his death!!Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2015 - 12:19AM

    HE was a great man ,may his soul rest in heaven,AMEEN, THE NATION SALUTE YOU SIRRecommend

  • shahid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:21AM

    RIP General Sb. May his soul rest in peace. We all make mistakes but his patriotism was unparalleled. Very sad to hear this.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:26AM

    Sad to hear that. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Yasir
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:28AM

    May his soul rest in peace. Brave n honest soldier of the nation! Indeed a great loss!! Recommend

  • Hi
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:29AM

    Today is a sad day for Pakistan .General Hameed was a leader bold intellectual a real nationalist he was a good speaker I met him once and a big fan of him . Today Pakistan has lost another great person . I salute you Sir. May soul rest in peace

  • javaid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:29AM

    we have lost a great pakistani. He hated india and was hated by them.Recommend

  • Nauman Ghauri
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:30AM

    Inna Lillah e wa inna ilaehe raji’uun!

    A Great Man!
    A Great Patriot!
    A Great Soldier!

    May he Rest In Peace!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:32AM

    Inaa li laahi wa ina ilah rajoon. May Allah rest his soul in peace.Recommend

  • Geo
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:36AM

    Good nationalist he was..may Allah bless his soul.Recommend

  • Point
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:39AM

    A great loss. He was the bravest man and son of soil. He was a symbol of fear for the enemies of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ali a. malik
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:54AM

    Ina lilla hai wa ina alai rajaoon. He was a gamy friend and served with my father. We admired his spirit and sentiment for our nation. May Allah grant him peace and forgiveness.ameen.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:58AM

    He lived in Pakistan….and he died in Pakistan. That’s more than what can be said for many of our public figures.Recommend

  • iftikhar
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:59AM

    It is very sad to hear sudden demise of Gen Hamid Gul. He was a great person with enormous qualities. His death is a big lose to pakistan. May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen!Recommend

  • Aamir
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:09AM

    @just_someone: The best response.May Allah judge him for what he has done.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2015 - 1:09AM

    May Allah Bless his soul.
    He was a great patriot and true nationalist.Recommend

  • Ali a. malik
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:10AM

    Ina Lilla hai wa ina alai rajaoon.
    He was A family friend and served with my father. They were good friends and comrades. We had a lot of respect for uncle gul and pray for his soul. May Allah grant his soul peace and forgiveness.. May his family find patience in their loss. Recommend

  • UK
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:16AM

    He wasn’t with India in 1965. He was against them and with Pakistan. May his soul rest in peaceRecommend

  • Fiz
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:25AM

    A whole chapter of an era has come to close with the death of Hameed Gul. Inna lillahi wa inna alaihi rajiun.Recommend

  • Puppet
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:29AM

    Osama bin Ladin gone, Mullah Omar gone, Sirajuddin Haqqani gone and now Gen (R) Hameed Gul gone. Right or wrong, he lived a ‘dabang’ life as he was a ‘dabang’ soldier. RIP brave soldier!Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:31AM

    It is because of people like Gen. Zia, Gen Gul and other zealots who are primarily responsible for creating such a religious mess in Pakistan. How many innocent lives and families have they destroyed in the name of “strategic depth” and focusing ridiculous amount of energies externally rather than helping create a more viable and educated Pakistan. Pakistan looks nothing like the vision Quaid-e-Azam had and they are people primarily responsible for destroying an equal, equitable and just Pakistan. Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:37AM

    He will be forever remembered as Zia ul Haq – part 2.Recommend

  • Alfa
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:41AM

    He`s the father of Taliban.Recommend

  • Aik_Paki
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:41AM

    May Allah rest the General in Peace.
    Some shameless persons do not like remmeber the good things someone has done for Pakistan in his life.Recommend

  • khalidmurad1
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:44AM

    A very fine, patriotic, honest and true gentleman, who could be relied upon for any sensitive task.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:50AM

    Its so sad news Thank you General Hameed Gul he was honest man may god rest his soulRecommend

  • Mohammad Saad Khoso
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:57AM

    General SB was a Brave man. He was an Honest Person. He fought Bravely against Indians in 65 & 71 War. May Allah Pak give his family Patience & May Allah Pak gives him a Place in Heaven. RIP.Recommend

  • Mohammad Saad Khoso
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:00AM

    General SB was a Brave man. He was an Honest Person. He fought Bravely against Indians in 65 & 71 War. May Allah Pak give his family Patience & May Allah Pak gives him a Place in Heaven. RIPRecommend

  • Abdul Rasheed
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:03AM

    Great loss brave soldier intelligent spy masterRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:08AM

    Another big loss of Taliban after Mullah Umar’s sad demise. God bless late General’s soul.Recommend

  • Hashim Rasool
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:16AM

    The man who broke the wall of Barlin. One may differ from his idealogy and his way of work. But none can deny his contributions and his substance. A great solider a great general. RIP Hammed Gul.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:19AM

    Everyone has to die, therefore its most stupid thing to be happy on someone’s death. However our prayer should be that after death God should keep us away from him and Taliban.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:22AM



    Gen Hameed Gul was a thorough gentleman and a man of principles, May Allah bless his soul in eternal peace and gives courage to his family to bear this irreparable loss. His untimely death is a great loss for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Adil Khan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:34AM

    A very loyal Pakistani…. Not sure about creating the Taliban and other right wing groups though. Influenced Imran Khan too, who is now propagating Gul’s dubious teachings. He’s at peace now, which should’ve been his message all along. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:35AM

    The person who has the blood of hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis on his hand. There was no court in Pakistan to try him for his crimes, but there is no escape from the devine justice and the day of judgement. Till his end, he showed no remorse for the current mess in Pakistan.Recommend

  • nn
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:40AM

    He did what he thought best for the country.Recommend

  • Arshad Kamal Khan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:07AM

    A true son of the soil.Spoke from his heart unlike the dishonest politicians. Pakistan has lost a patriot. Recommend

  • Wow
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:39AM

    Celebrate his achievements. Along with Ziaul Haq, he brought Pakistan the misery that country is enjoying now. As somebody pointed out above, Hamid Gul was the founding father of taliban.Recommend

  • Iqra
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:53AM

    The world is better without some people – GENERAL GUL is one of them
    Sadly, no politician has the spine to say that Recommend

  • khalid Habib Khan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:10AM

    Great personalitie and brave personRecommend

  • khalid Habib Khan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:10AM

    Great personalitie and brave personRecommend

  • Liberal
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:29AM

    Please show some respect to a dead person, may be for a day or two.
    Hamid Gul was a patriot who led the effort to take jihadi terror into the enemy’s heart land deep into Mumbai, Delhi and else where. Remember that service. Recommend

  • Juan Mihalis
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:40AM

    @just_someone: In the term of Dr. Shahid Masood … Liberal Fascists! … Gen Hamid Gul was a great patriot, historian, and an icon for the youth of Pakistan! May his soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • Tariq Mahmud
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:44AM

    Despite his political views ,at times poles apart, I always found him very warm and endearing person . In the mid eighties I got a chance to work with him in Multan where he was the DMLA and I was Deputy commissioner . In many ways , in the administration , one had a free hand to work . I always found him respectful .He sought retirement as he developed some issues with the command in 1992. May his soul rest in peace .Recommend

    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:15AM

    A respected and admired man passed away. He was a great patriot. He played an important part in preparing Jihadis during the Afghan resistance against Soviet Union. He expressed his views boldly., He was a hardliner and out spoken man. One may not agree with his views but he was respected by majority of the People. We are saddened by his sudden death.

    May Allah rest the departed soul in peace and eternal tranquility. Recommend

  • khattak
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:23AM

    May God has mercy on his soul for he will need it most. He was instrumental in Pashtun genocide on both sides of Durand Line for his ultra nationalistic motives.Recommend

  • Muhammad Raqeeb
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:42AM

    Can’t believe that Gen(R)Hamid Gul is no more.lots of #Respect & duas for General sb.Recommend

  • JSM
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:47AM

    And Pakistan will pay for the services he rendered for a long time.Recommend

  • rama
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:00AM

    @khalid Habib Khan:
    He is not brave , he is the mass murders and responsible for loss of innocent lives lost in many bombing in the neighbouring countries including 26/11 Mumbai massacre Recommend

  • rama
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:01AM

    @Muhammad Raqeeb:

    You can’t believe , Allah is so merciful, good things do happen , Recommend

  • AlFidayi
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:07AM

    RIP !!! ( His belief that CIA sponsored 9/11 attacks, is besides the point)Recommend

  • asim
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:11AM

    He was patriot, many pashtuns lost life when he he was isi chief. Recommend

  • vasan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:34AM

    OBL, Mulla Omar, Haqqani are all gone. Hamild gul now,. Only Hafiz Sayeed and Lakhvi left, After them Pakistan will become “Land of the pure”Recommend

  • Kamran
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:34AM

    May the almighty rest his soul and give him a place in Jenna R.I.P sir ! Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:38AM

    Now who am I gonna get my daily dose of conspiracy theories from ??!Recommend

  • roshan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:40AM

    Former ISI chief Hamid Gul dies of brain hemorrhageRecommend

  • Husnain Muzahir
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:57AM

    Oohhh.. big loss for pakistan…. I cant believe. May allah keep blessing on him…true hero of pakistan.Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2015 - 7:33AM

    Last of the good men. إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَRecommend

  • JSM
    Aug 16, 2015 - 7:35AM

    If being anti-everyone is true nationalism in Pakistan then he was a true Nationalist Pakistani. The world has paid and will pay dearly for his nationalism. Recommend

  • Noor choudhry
    Aug 16, 2015 - 7:41AM

    You will be missed very much .I knew him personally from army I salute you general sahib. Pakistan have lost a unique diamond. May his sole rest in peace. Recommend

  • curious2
    Aug 16, 2015 - 7:46AM

    He was a significant player – some of the strategic decisions he helped implement have had unexpected long term ramifications which Pakistan is struggling to overcome. Recommend

  • Qaim khan
    Aug 16, 2015 - 8:13AM

    Gen. (Rtd) Hamid Gul was great solider and he also played his part to defeat Russia from Afghanistan. He was true patriot and loyal to his country. We pray him for his soul that Allah may give him place in the Janat. AmeenRecommend

  • Iron hand
    Aug 16, 2015 - 8:14AM

    Passing out sweets and dancing in the streets!Recommend

  • Lubna Firdaus
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:30AM

    inna lillahe wa inna illehe Rajeoon….
    General Hameed Gul was a great officer. …A petreiot, a man of principles. ….May Allah Rabuul izzat rest his soul in peace …..Recommend

  • dr.waqas
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:44AM

    Ina lilah e wa ina alahe rajion. ….. Great man … great soldier… with pure and patriotic heart for pakistan and its people…. may Allah show His countless blessing upon him… Aameen…. sympathy and condolences to his family……. great loss for the nation. ..Recommend

  • Jibran Ahmed
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Ina Lillahi wa ina ilaihi rajioon . The most bravest intelligent & patriotic soldier & true muslim I have seen . May Allah Almighty rest his soul in peace in garden of jannah Recommend

  • earth
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:14AM

    world now a bit better place.Recommend

  • Mohsin Kamran
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:31AM

    Gen sb’s death is a biggest loss of our nation
    May ALLAH REST His Soul in his Peace
    He ‘ll always be missed as a patroit of Pakistan Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 16, 2015 - 11:14AM

    Inaa li laahi wa ina ilah rajoon
    Pakistan has lost a hero in form of General Hameed Gul. Didn’t even believed that such would happen to him so quickly when I first heard the news. May Allah rest his soul in peace. AMEEN. Recommend

  • Fawad
    Aug 16, 2015 - 11:49AM

    One of the finest chapter of History dies……………..RIPRecommend

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  • Omar Farooq
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:43PM

    Sir we will remember you forever as a hero and we will miss you brave and patriotic Pakistani…..may Allah swt give you jannah tul firdus,Ameen, PAKISTAIN WILL MISS YOU,YOU WILL BE!Recommend

  • observer
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:01PM

    Who will rescue Zaid Hamid from KSA now??Recommend

  • Rashid Ali
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:46PM

    Pakistan has lost a great asset . He possessed a great wisdom. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Minerva
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:50PM

    Only couple of months back Hamid Gul was on TV with a smug smile on his face saying that India will disintegrate soon. Who knew that he will be the one disintegrating soon. Life!Recommend

  • Shivaji
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:30PM

    General Gul Like many of his colleagues in Pakistani Army he hated India and he propagated hate for Indians, Jews, Americans amongst Pakistanis.He was a great hurdle for people who wanted peace and friendship between Pakistan and India. He was an opinion leader who was in power position to keep and breed bitterness between the two neighbors at ever increasing levels harming economic growth of both the countries. He was a patriot and nationalist par excellent, but harm he might have done to Pakistan is known to many. He might have done many good things for Pakistan for which Pakistan should remain grateful to him ,but Cost and Benefit may be considered carefully and amends be done by all concerned. May his soul rest in peace and may god bless him.I am an Indian and respect him as a soldier but not as a statesman .Recommend

  • Javaid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:29PM

    can’t believe that lost of respect —-May Allha the Almighty bless Gen Hamid Gul we miss Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji un May Allah res his soul peace AMEEN——-Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Aug 16, 2015 - 7:35PM

    @Jibran: The person who has the blood of hundreds of thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis on his hand. There was no court in Pakistan to try him for his crimes, but there is no escape from the devine justice and the day of judgement. Till his end, he showed no remorse for the current mess in Pakistan.

    Jibran, I am afraid there is nothing beyond this life – however much we want to believe in any justice/judgement beyond it. The General wreaked havoc in the area, in fact he even cheated the folks he was supposedly helping, take a guess how could he finance his palatial house and why he was one of he richest ex-generals? Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:05PM

    The joker once said he wanted to convert Delhi and Mumbai into Hiroshima and Nagasaki got an easy death.Recommend

  • Amna
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:17PM

    The hate for Pakistan present not only in the Indian army by also in the average Indian’s heart has made itself manifest on multiple occasions and scenarios. If you really think the Indian army is all full of love, butterflies and cupcakes you are really only fooling yourself. Not every point made against USA, Israel, or India is a conspiracy theory and by shooting every point down as one, we are all guilty in letting evil minds present in other these other countries thrive as well. Recommend

  • CH Tanveer Akhtar
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:23PM

    General Hameed gull Real Pakistani Real Army manRecommend

  • abdul latif
    Aug 17, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Pakistan has lost a true patriot. General sahb was loyal to his country till the end. May Allah reward him for his loyalty and give him the highest place in jannah. Ameen.Recommend

  • abdul latif
    Aug 17, 2015 - 12:54AM

    Pakistan has lost a true patriot. He was a valiant and loyal warrior. May Allaah reward him with the highest place in Jannah. Ameen.Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Aug 17, 2015 - 1:40AM

    RIP Gen. A big loss to the country. He was a man who had the guts to nuke the enemies without a second thought, for glory of Pakistan and Islam.Recommend

  • Jazzabell
    Aug 17, 2015 - 9:16AM

    My heart goes out for the family of Gen. Hameed Gul. What a Precious life to go. Im honored to state that he was a true patriot in every sence, a man who Served and Saved his country from every difficult situation possible.
    Such people dont come by everyday.
    What a man of astonishing potential.
    He was no less than a true miracle.
    Hats off to him.
    It is without a doubt a great loss. Recommend

  • Aik or Pakistani
    Aug 17, 2015 - 10:04AM


    So creating Taliban was a great social service I guess??? :)Recommend

  • Gisele
    Aug 17, 2015 - 11:29AM

    Sad to hear about sudden passing of Gen. Hameed Gul. He was a pure essence of a Patriot.
    I Salute him for his lifetime efforts in order to Serve and Save his country throughout difficult times in his life.
    Not easy to become a man like him. He was a totally different definition and dimension of a man altogether. Must say a miracle in himself. People like him dont come by very often.
    What a great loss.
    Condolences from the bottom of my to the family and friends who really knew him. Recommend

  • anjum
    Aug 17, 2015 - 11:34AM

    too sad, that pak loss a great soldier, may ALLAH keep his soul in restRecommend

  • Nadeem Bangash
    Aug 17, 2015 - 5:17PM

    Very Sad news indeed….when ever i listened to him he reflected very true and his views carried weight…..i believe he was very honest and patriotic Pakistani…

    May Allah rest his soul in peace….AmeenRecommend

  • Aug 18, 2015 - 6:18AM

    *May allah Almighty rest his soul in heaven, ameen a man of great inspirationRecommend

  • Zaheer Ali
    Jan 2, 2016 - 10:18PM

    May Allah Bless his soul and give him a place in Paradise Aameen. No doubt he was courageous & great patriotic personality.Recommend

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