Pakistan’s spy agency ISI’s former chief Lt General (retd) Hamid Gul passed away Saturday after a brain haemorrhage. Gul suffered a brain haemorrhage and was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Murree 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.
The three-star general was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in October 1956 with the 18th PMA Long Course in the 19th Lancers regiment of the Armoured Corps. He fought in the 1965 war with India. He attended the Command and Staff College Quetta in 1968-69.
During 1972–1976, Gul directly served under General Muhammad Ziaul-Haq as a battalion commander, and then as Staff Colonel, when General Zia was GOC, 1st Armoured Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan.
Gul was promoted to Brigadier in 1978 and steadily rose to be the Martial Law Administrator of Bahawalpur and then the Commander of the 1st Armoured Division, Multan in 1982.