Ex-ISI chief, strategist Hamid Gul is no more

Published: August 16, 2015
Hamid Gul. PHOTO: FILE

Hamid Gul. PHOTO: FILE


Former chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Lt Gen (retd) Hamid Gul, died of a brain haemorrhage late Saturday night.

Television reports, citing a member of his family, confirmed the news of his death. His daughter Uzma Gul said that after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Saturday, he was taken to the Combined Military Hospital Murree, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, adding that body would be brought back home to Rawalpindi for burial. Details of his funeral will be decided after his son Abdullah arrives from Turkey.

In a statement released by the army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations, “Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif has expressed his condolences on the sad demise of Lt Gen (retd) Hamid Gul”.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan expressed grief over the former spymaster’s death.

Premier Nawaz prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and said: “May God bless the deceased with countless blessings in the Hereafter.” He expressed condolences with the bereaved family to bear the loss.

Lt Gen Gul served as chief of the country’s premier spy agency between 1987 and 1989. He was a key figure at the time the Soviet Union was engaged in a war with Afghanistan. He was one of the leaders who took part in training the Afghan Mujahideen to fight off the Soviet forces.

Hamid Gul was born in Sargodha on November 20, 1936. He was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1958 in the Armoured Corps (19 Lancers). He was a tank commander at the Chawinda front during the 1965 war with India.

Between 1972 and 1976, he directly served under Gen Ziaul Haq as a battalion commander, when Gen Zia was the general officer commanding, 1st Armoured Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan. He was promoted to brigadier in 1978 and steadily rose to be the commander of the 1st Armoured Division, Multan in 1980.

He was then sent to the General Headquarters as the director general military intelligence under Gen Zia, who then nominated him to be the ISI chief, succeeding Gen Akhtar Abdur Rahman in March 1987.

He was later replaced as the ISI commander by the then premier Benazir Bhutto in May 1989 and was transferred as the commander, II Corps in Multan. In this capacity, he conducted the Zarb-e-Momin military exercise in November-December 1989.

Gen Asif Nawaz, upon taking the reins of the Pakistan Army in August 1991, had Gul transferred as the DG Heavy Industries Taxila. He, however, refused to take the assignment on the account that it wasn’t in line with his military training. He developed differences with the then army chief and was retired from the army in 1992.

During his meritorious service with the Pakistan Army from 1958 to 1992, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the Sitara-e-Basalat and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • raees
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:42AM

    OBL, Mullah Umer, Haqqani and now Hameed Gul ………….. Interesting!!Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:53AM

    Good riddance!Recommend

  • Aug 16, 2015 - 10:02AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. Ameen. RIP Hameed Gul. SalamsRecommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:30AM

    A patriotic son and soldier of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Seema
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:31AM

    A loss for Pakistan. Recommend

  • sabi
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:55AM

    He is finally in the court of his creator who says killing of one person is the killing of whole mankind.Recommend

  • Observer
    Aug 16, 2015 - 11:31AM

    “Doubt thou the stars are fire;
    Doubt that the sun doth move;
    Doubt truth to be a liar;
    But never doubt I love.”

    ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    Indeed Gen.Hameed Gul loved his homeland immensely! Rest in Peace!Recommend

  • Sami
    Aug 16, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Rest in peace Hamid Gul. We need more people in Pakistan like him.Recommend

  • Wisdom
    Aug 16, 2015 - 11:59AM

    May Allah rest him in peace. True patriot.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:02PM

    his followers call him patriot and true pakistan but if patriotism is not checked by discipline then we get rogue agents like hakimullah mehsud, mulla omar etc.
    discipline and obeying chain of command (regardless civil or military) is what makes a patriot a true patriot.
    May Allah bless his soulRecommend

  • liaqat ali
    Aug 16, 2015 - 12:52PM

    may Allah bless his soul. He was patriot and sincere .However his priorities were misplaced. He exerted efforts on the wrong front which at the end damaged rather than helped than the country. Recommend

  • Critical
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:12PM

    Famous conspiracy theoristRecommend

  • harkol
    Aug 16, 2015 - 1:46PM

    There is an unwritten rule that you don’t speak ill of the dead. But some people are an exception. Hamid Gul is one such. In quest of ‘strategic depth’ he created havoc in Afghanistan and to the end didn’t see the folly of that strategy.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:43PM

    why all the Afghan Jihad related people died within one month.Recommend

  • SAD
    Aug 16, 2015 - 2:52PM

    He, & his mentor Zia,sold their country to USA & KSA. Patriot indeed! Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:03PM

    May we all the humans never harm, injure, kill any living being! May we all love our miraculous Mother Earth! May we all rise above all the ugly castes, religions and walls of hatred! May none of us ever follow the ugly and monstrous footsteps of a swordsman! Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:26PM

    Well Gul Hammed the likes of those who you trained have just blown up Punjab’s interior minister. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Aug 16, 2015 - 3:36PM

    He was trained as a soldier and he served his country well! One cannot ask more from a General who remained a true General in his retirement life as well. May God give him peace in the life after death.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • M Zafar Khan Safdar
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:26PM

    کل نفس ذايقته الموت…
    الله تعالی جنرل صاحب کی مغفرت کرے اور انھیں جنت میں اعلی مقام عطا فرمائے… آمینRecommend

  • Rafeeq
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:30PM

    The commentator dont even leave the dead alone. Come and make a speech in public if you have the guts. What ever he did, good or bad, has gone with him and he will have his share. You and I should worry about ourself as we are still alive. Recommend

    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:38PM

    انالله وانااليه راجعون .ان الله مع الصابرين

    وَبَشِّرِ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ ۖ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُوا مِنْهَا مِن ثَمَرَةٍ رِّزْقًا ۙ قَالُوا هَـٰذَا الَّذِي رُزِقْنَا مِن قَبْلُ ۖ وَأُتُوا بِهِ مُتَشَابِهًا ۖ وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا أَزْوَاجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ ۖ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
    And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives) and they will abide therein forever.Recommend

  • Figaro
    Aug 16, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Right or wrong aside, he was through and through a patriot, a true slodier and served his country upto the bestest of his abilities. How many of us can match upto it, leaving aside whether he was right or wrong.Recommend

  • Tipu
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:12PM

    Us ke haan dair hai andair nahi.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:18PM

    The demise of a murderous monster. His legacy is nothing but scores of war crimes, breeding of blood thirsty extremists, killing of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children, massive corruption. His crimes are worse than anyone in the history of Indo-Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2015 - 5:56PM

    @Figaro: He played key role in millions of Afghans and Pakistanis death. He was a key player in founding and spreading terrorism which would never go away in our life times. The bleeding from body of Pakistan which he and his friends started would never stop. Millions of orphans, widows and injured curse such monsters and you have guts to call him a hero. Recommend

  • Salim Mansur Khalid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:23PM

    Gen. Hameed Gul was a great soldier of Islam, visionary leader and brave person.
    History of Pakistan will not foget him.
    He succeded in war against KGB, but sufferd in war against CIA. Its peakpoint was Geneva Accord, which resulted war between Afgan Mujahideen.
    May Allah accept his services to Islam and humanity by dfeating communist regime.Recommend

  • z
    Aug 16, 2015 - 6:24PM

    rest in peace. May Allah forgive him and bestow patience to the family.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Aug 16, 2015 - 7:52PM

    He is responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and as well in Pakistan. Allah may punish him for his evil deed and legacy.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Aug 16, 2015 - 8:12PM

    A true and patriotic Pakistani. May his soul rest in Jannah. Have never attended a more emotional funeral. Laid to rest by thousands. Those making negative comments too have to die someday, just look out for how many are there for you in your final times.Recommend

  • magdha
    Aug 16, 2015 - 8:33PM

    Hamid gul was American agent who promoted American agenda in south Asia.
    Today Afghanistan and Pakistan are suffering from terrorism because of Hamid gulRecommend

  • bigsaf
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:20PM

    Man had delusional conspiracy theories and had not long ago praised and called the TTP and its leaders mujahids, besides other serious past crimes from rigging to militancy. That’s not a sound patriot or a hero that many here worship, rather the opposite…Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 16, 2015 - 9:32PM

    He laid the seed for TTP and Lashkar e Islam, Haqqanis, LeT etc, Pakistan is now enjoying the fruits of his laborRecommend

  • Confused nation
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:12PM

    A wise foe is better than a naive friend. I don’t know who we lost.Recommend

  • Confused nation
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @Figaro, how can you be wrong, and be patriotic. Isn’t that a contradiction? That’s like Talibans are true Muslims, or patriotic. Why are you confusing yourself and others. There’s only right, or wrong.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Aug 16, 2015 - 10:25PM

    Taliban fighters are dropping like flies.Recommend

  • Nana
    Aug 17, 2015 - 12:21AM

    I would ask Indians to stay away from commenting on him. Thank you, you have nothing to do with him. His patriotism for Pakistan was matchless which you people won’t understand, so spare him. He was a great soldier and son of soil. Despite everything, we are proud of him. Salute sir!Recommend

  • Figaro
    Aug 17, 2015 - 1:13AM

    @Confused nation:
    I guess you are a very pious person, angelic like, never done anything wrong. You are a lucky one that you never have to face a situation where your best decision, taken with best interest, turned otherwise. That is called the grey shade of life. Nothing is stark white or black in life. He took certain steps in the best interest of the country. It did work upto a point but they should have been shunned after that point. But that does not make him unpatriotic.Anyways life will teach you to see things in their right perspective.I am the biggest critic of Hameed Gul but have no doubt about his patriotism to his country. Recommend

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