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Former ISI chief Hamid Gul Passed away in Murree

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.

Gen_Hamid_Gul220Hameed 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.

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