Hamid Gul, former Pakistani spy chief dies at 79

General Hamid Gul, former head of Pakistan’s intelligence agency during Russian invasion dies aged 79

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Hamid Gul, former chief of intelligence, aged 79

Pakistan’s former Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) chief, Hamid Gul, passes away of brain hemorrhage on Saturday at the age of 79.

The former spy chief died during his visit to a tourist destination near Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, according to his daughter.

Gul was closely associated with the anti-Soviet Afghan resistance during the 1980s when Russia occupied Afghanistan. He led the Pakistan’s top intelligence agency, and was part of the movement against the Russian invasion between 1987-1989.

He is well renowned as the mastermind of the 1989 siege of Jalalabad, and for his good relations with the Afghan Taliban.

Gul was considered an expert on Afghan affairs, and a strong critic of US interference and access to the mujahideen.

Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passed on their condolences to Gul’s family.

TRTWorld and agencies