ISLAMABAD – Family members say Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency during the end of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and who supported Islamic militants, has died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 79.
His daughter, Uzma Gul, told The Associated Press on Sunday that her father died late Saturday night at the hill resort of Murree near the capital, Islamabad. Born in 1936, Gul served in the army and fought in two wars against India. He always advocated that nuclear-armed Pakistan should confront its atomic-armed neighbor India. As ISI chief from 1987 to 1989, he helped the CIA funnel weapons and money to jihadis fighting Soviet troops in Afghanistan. He later broke with the US and loudly supported Islamic militants, including al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.