Rawalpindi - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and other political figures yesterday condoled the death of General Hameed Gul.

They visited the residence of late Gul, former director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and met with bereaved family members. They expressed their deep sorrow over the sad demise of former DG ISI.

The political personalities who visited the residence of late Gul included

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Chaudhry Shujat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Maulana Sirajul Haq, Liaquat Baloch, Azam Swati, Raja Basharat and Raja Hamid Nawaz.

Speaking on the occasion, Interior Minister Khan said that Gul was a brave man who always raised voice for development of the country and nation. He said that his sad demise was a great loss.

PML-Q Chief Chaudhary Shujat Hussain paid rich tribute to Gul. He also came down hard on the government saying it had failed in controlling the terrorism in the country. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that Hameed Gul was a wise man whose wisdom was an asset of the country.

Meanwhile, Quran Khawani was held yesterday for martyrs of Attock terror incident including Punjab Home Minister Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada.

The Quran Khawani was attended by the officers of the city district government and a large number of people belonging to various walks of life.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Wednesday paid glowing tribute to former chief of Inter-Services Intelligence Lt Gen (Retd) Hameed Gul. The tributes were paid during a meeting arranged to condole Gul’s death which was presided by President of PESA Lt Gen (Retd) Ali Kuli Khan.

All members of PESA expressed grief and shock at the sudden demise of Gul who was one of the founders of PESA. The deceased very actively participated in activities of the association in support of law and the constitution. 

The meeting observed that Gul was a true soldier and a brilliant military commander who throughout his service served with pride and dedication. Even after his retirement he continued to serve Pakistan with unending energy and dedication and continued fighting for defence of the country under the oath he took at the passing-out ceremony.

With his passing away, a chapter of a fiercely proud Pakistani is closed. He rattled many a people during his lifetime but was a Pakistani first and a Pakistani last. The veterans paid rich tribute late general for his services to the nation and promotion of welfare of the ex-servicemen.  His services would always be remembered by Pakistanis including ex-servicemen. The PESA joins the family of Gul at this hour of grief.

At the end special prayer was offered for the eternal peace of the departed soul.