Former ISI Chief Hamid Gul dies

Islamabad:  Pakistan spy agency Inter Services Intelligence ISI’s former chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul died tonight after a brain hemorrhage.

Gul suffered a brain hemorrhage and was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Murree near here where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival, the Dawn reported.

Gul remained ISI chief during 1987 and 1989 when the US-backed Afghanistan’s war against the then Soviet Union was at the last stages. He continued working in the spy agency in the post-stages of the Afghan war.

He retired from service in 1992. Born in Sargodha on November 20, 1936, he joined the army in 1954 and was commissioned in the army in 1956.

During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Mr Gul was a tank commander. He received training from the Staff College Quetta during 1968-1969. He then served as a battalion commander from 1972 to 1976 following which he was promoted to the rank of brigadier in 1978.

In 1980, he was promoted to First Armoured Division Multan Corp’s Commander and also served as martial law administrator in Bahawalpur.

He was also awarded Hilal e Imtiaz (Military) and Sitarah e Basalat for his services.