Former chief of the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) General (retired) Hamid Gul died on late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage in Murree. General (retried) Hamid Gul was born on Nov 20, 1996 in Sargodha. He joined the army in 1954 and was commissioned in the army in 1956. He was awarded Sitara-e-Jurarat for his bravery during the 1965 war; he was a tank commander during the war. Later he received training from Staff college of Quetta during 1968-1969 and then served as a battalion commander from 1972 to 1976. 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 awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz and Sitarah-e-Basalat for his services. General Hamid Gul remained the ISI chief during 1987 and 1989 when the Afghan Jihad against the then Soviet Union was during its last stages. He retired from service in 1992.
The late Hamid Gul was also considered an authority in strategic, political as well as social matters. He was also a bold and straightforward analyst who never hesitated to put forward his view no matter how blunt it was. One may disagree with his way of thinking but no one can doubt that he was exceptionally patriotic. He was extremely vocal about the nefarious designs of India and worked tirelessly to expose the various conspiracies against Pakistan. Condolence messages poured in from Pakistanis living across the globe soon after his death. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Editor in Chief Pakistan Group of Newspapers Sardar Khan Niazi and many others expressed grief over the death of General Hamid Gul.
General (retired) Hamid Gul was a man of substance and extremely patriotic.