Paktika residents happy over Hamid Gul’s death
SHAHRANA (Pajhwok): Local residents on Sunday celebrated former Pakistani spymaster Gen. Hamid Gul’s death with pump and show in southeastern Paktika province.
The ex-director general of the premier Pakistani intelligence service died of brain hemorrhage in Combined Military Hospital in Muree late on Saturday.
A large number of people rallied in the capital of Paktika province, dancing at drum beats for an hour and chanting slogans like “Down with Pakistan.” They also raised slogans in support of the Afghan security forces.
Mohammadullah, one of the participants, said Hamid Gul’s death was in the interest of Afghanistan because he had been creating problems and hurdles all his life for Afghanistan.
He said Afghans would celebrate the death of every Pakistani leader until they played a sincere role in the Afghan peace process. He said the Pakistani leaders were involved in recent incidents of violence in Afghanistan.
Gul Khan, another participant, asked Pakistan to shun it dual-faced policy toward Afghanistan and focus on security and stability in its neighbouring country.
He said the Afghan youth was ready to support their security forces and would always assist them against those creating insecurity in the country.
Gen. Hamid Gul, who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI from 1987 to 1989, had been accused for supporting armed militants in Afghanistan.
Gul also played a part in the rise of the Taliban and was sometimes referred to as the “father of the Taliban”. In an interview with the BBC in 2010, Gul had remarked: "America is history, (then Afghan President Hamid) Karzai is history, the Taliban are the future."
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