Former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul passed away in Murree on Saturday evening due to brain haemorrhage.
According to Gul’s daughter Uzam Gull, the former spymaster was hospitalised in Murree after suffering a brain hemorrhage. “My father’s blood pressure had fallen and it was not possible for us to move him to a hospital in Islamabad,” she told a news channel on telephone.
Hameed Gul was born on November 20, 1936. He served as chief of Pakistan’s premier spy agency between 1987 and 1989 during the late stages of and post-stages of the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
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.
He retired from service in 1992.
Social Media Response
— New Pakistan (@newpakistan) August 15, 2015
Malak Ishaq was a key member of Hameed Gul's Difa-e-Pakistan Council Notice: A note to Hamid Gul http://t.co/6XfiagdhEs
— Tariq Afghan (@afghan_tariq) August 14, 2015
A Rare picture of Gen (R) Hameed Gul (LATE) pic.twitter.com/mlLd8IqqrS
— ZemTv.Com (@zemtv) August 15, 2015
People need to study Soviet war timeline and Afghan civil war before raising their sympathies with Hameed Gul. He was no hero.
— tired af (@Lazyaholic) August 15, 2015
All those saying rip for Hameed Gul, may you all join him in hell.
— HumanBeing® (@HumanistSecular) August 15, 2015
Hameed Gul died An ugly chapter of Pakistan closed
— Opinionless Spirit (@OL_Spirit) August 15, 2015
Hameed Gul is no more! The father of Taliban has died.
— àR (@adeelraja) August 15, 2015
I never liked General Hameed Gul but will not disrespect him on the day of his death!! My parents raised me better than this
— Junaid (@Junaid__786) August 15, 2015
Hameed Gul passed away to meet Mullah Umar!!!!!
— Amara shah (@ShahAmara) August 15, 2015