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Hameed Gul terms CJ restoration as US defeat

General Hamid Gul

ISLAMABAD: The former chief of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt.Gen(Retd) Hameed Gul said Pakistan Army played a unique role in the present crisis and US has been defeated. Talking to media at Chaudhry Iftikhar’s residence, Gul said decision of restoration of judges is a defeat of US and now Pakistan’s parliament should be strengthened. He said after resolution of judiciary issue, economic and social issues should be addressed.-SANA

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  • General Gul
    Hamid Gul was born on 20 November 1936 to Muhammad khan an ethnic Bhatti Rajput in Sargodha. He got his early education from his village. He briefly got admission in Government College Lahore, before reporting to Pakistan Military Academy Kakul.

    Army career
    Hamid Gul was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in October 1958 with the 18th PMA Long Course in the 19th Lancers regiment of the Armoured Corps. He was a Tank commander during the 1965 war with India. During 1972-1976, Gul directly served under General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq as a battalion commander, when General Zia was GOC, 1st Armoured Division and Commander, II Corps at Multan. Thus, Gul had already cemented his ties with General Zia by serving under him when both were officers in the Armoured regiments of the II Corps. Gul was promoted to Brigadier in 1978 and steadily rose to be the Martial Law Administrator of Bahawalpur and the Commander of the 1st Armoured Division, Multan in 1982, his appointments expressly wished by Zia himself.[citation needed]

    Saudi influence
    Gul was then sent to GHQ as the Director-General or DG Military Intelligence (DGMI)[4] under General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq who then nominated him to be the ISI chief succeeding General Akhtar Abdur Rahman in March 1987. He was later replaced as the ISI commander by PM Benazir Bhutto in May 1989 and Gul was transferred as the commander, II Corps in Multan. In this capacity, Gul conducted the Zarb-e-Momin military exercise in November-December 1989, the biggest Pakistani Armed Forces show of muscle since 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.

    General Asif Nawaz upon taking the reins of Pakistan Army in August 1991, had Gul transferred as the DG Heavy Industries Taxila. A menial job compared to Gul’s stature, Gul refused to take the assignment, an act for which he was retired from the army.

    Career as ISI Chief
    Execution of failed Jalalabad operation
    During his time as the DG ISI and the period when Afghanistan was under the control of DRA, former General Hamid Gul was blamed for planning and executing the operation to capture Jalalabad from the Soviet-supported Afghan Army in the spring of 1989. This switch to conventional warfare was seen as a mistake by some mujahideen leaders who considered that the mujahideen did not have the capacity to capture a major city. They advocated guerrilla warfare and eventually bringing down the communist regime. But the Pakistan Army was intent on installing a fundamentalist-dominated government in Afghanistan, with Jalalabad as their provisional capital, Abdul Rasul Sayyaf as Prime Minister, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar as Foreign Minister.

  • General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, NI(M), HI, born April 1952) is a 4 star general in the Pakistan Army, and the current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. He replaced General Pervez Musharraf as the Chief of Army Staff and the commandant of the army on November 29, 2007. General Kayani is the former Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and Director General of Military Operations (MO). On 24 July 2010, prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani extended General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s term as Chief of the Army Staff by three years, making him the first Pakistani four star general to receive a term extension from any democratic government

    Personal life
    Kayani belongs to a tribe called Gakhars. He was born in Manghot village, Gujar Khan, suburb of Rawalpindi, known to produce Pakistan Army personnel. He grew up in a middle class military family, son of a junior commissioned officer, Lehrab Khan. He is described as a soft-spoken intellectual who is apolitical, and disciplined. He takes keen interest in golf and is the current president of the Pakistan Golf Federation.
    Army career
    After gaining a commission in the Pakistan Army, Kiyani fought in the 1971 Indo-Pak war as a Lieutenant. Kayani is a graduate of Military College Jhelum (College No. 2828) and the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul and was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 29 August 1971 as part of 45th PMA Long Course in the 5th Battalion of the Baloch Regiment. He is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia; Command and Staff College, Quetta; the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii; and the National Defence College, Islamabad, where he holds a masters degree in War Studies