ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s former Spymaster Lieutenant-General (r) Hamid Gul was passed away after suffering brain hemorrhage on August 15, 2015.
Hamid Gul was born on November 20, 1936 in Sargodha district of Punjab.
After his retirement as a three star General from Pakistan army in 1992 he became a defense analyst.
He served Pakistan Army from 1956 to 1992. Former Spymaster played vital role in different wars in his career which include Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971 and soviet war in Afghanistan.
He was awarded by Sitara-e-Basalat and Hilal-e-Imtiaz during his military career. Hamid Gul commanded Inter-Services intelligence (ISI), premier intelligence agency of Pakistan between 1987 and 1989.
Gul played an instrumental role in directing ISI support to Afghan resistance groups against Soviet forces during the soviet war in Afghanistan.
He was also credited for spreading covert support to Kashmiri Mujahedeen against India. He also earned a reputation as a god father of Pakistani geostrategic policies.
He was accused by America of having strong ties with non-state, shady groups but he denied all allegations against him.
He played a key role in forming the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, a write-wing political alliance against Pakistan people’s party(PPP).
Hamid Gul has died on August 15, 2015, after suffering brain hemorrhage in Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Murree.