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Tuesday's Connector – General Hamid Gul

August 5th, 2010
01:00 AM ET

Retired Lieutenant General Hamid Gul is one of the most famous and controversial military figures in Pakistan.

He served as director of the country's main intelligence agency, known as the ISI, from 1987-1989.

During this time Gul played an instrumental role with CIA in the anti-Soviet support of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan War of 1979-1989. As a result, he is often cited as helping to set up the Afghani Taliban.

Although he worked closely with the CIA during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Gul became increasingly critical of American foreign policy in the region and blames the US for much of the violence there.

In 2007 during President Musharraf's declared state of emergency, Gul was arrested.

Recently Gul has made headlines with the WikiLeaks release which portrayed him as what the Washington Post described as the “public face of an underground Pakistani military network that appears to be working to destroy the U.S. effort to create a pro-West Afghanistan”

Gul has denied the claims and called the information "fiction."

What would you like to ask General Gul? Now's your chance.

Send in your questions and we'll put them to him.

soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Hassan

    while David Camerons recent remarks were distasteful seeing as Pakistan has made immense sacrifices in the war on terror they are partially true as in there are still elements sympathetic to the Taliban within the ISI. Why havent these elements been weeded out by now? Is it unrealistic to expect they ever will be?

    August 5, 2010 at 1:20 am | Reply
  2. Krishna

    Mr. Gul,
    We understand that you are a strong proponent of Islamic Jihadists in general and Taliban in particular.
    These two groups, along with sundry sub-groups have essentially destabilized an entire region from Afghanistan to Kashmir for over 30 years, resulting in 100,000+ dead, mostly non-combatants and largely innocent bystanders, besides condemning 3 to 6 generations of Afghans, Pakistanis and Kashmiris to illiteracy, and poverty.
    Question 1: Have you weighed - what exactly have you achieved ? and at what cost ?
    Question 2: Does your faith in Islam and its teachings support this entire project with its unfolding results ?
    Question 3: Would you, along with your wife and daughter, live under Taliban Rule ?
    Question 4: If the answer to Q3 is NO, then are you foisting Taliban Rule on "others" for political games ?

    August 5, 2010 at 1:36 am | Reply
  3. Mohammed A.

    Dear Mr. Gul,

    How much do you pay in taxes to the Pakistani government last year, and why is it that Pakistan’s income from taxes last year was the lowest in the country’s history? What steps should be taken to ensure a fair tax system where the burden is shared, rather than skirted, by the country's wealthiest citizens?

    Thanks CNN

    Mohammed A.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:02 am | Reply
  4. Fahad

    Is there a difference between the pakistani taliban and the afghan taliban or are they one and the same entity. If there are differences then why are they cooperating in North Waziristan

    August 5, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  5. Usman

    Mr. Gul, firstly, its refreshing to see a guy bold enough to call a spade a spade and shun the niceties of diplomatic talk that Muslim World leaders adopt so often.

    My questions to you are:

    1) Why was CIA given unprecendeted access to Pakistan after 9/11 and why was the US allowed to use our bases when most Pakistanis and the Pakistani military were convinced (and rightly so it turned out) that the CIA will eventually try to destabilise Pakistan in a bid to seize its Nuclear Weapons and that US boots onthe ground will turn the local population against them?

    2) What systems can Pakistan put in place so that a non democratically elected person (Musharraf) cannot in the future take unilateral decisions that would further destabilise Pakistan?

    3) Now then America and NATO are about to leave Afghanistan, what should Pakistan be looking at gaining from a strategic point of view from their exit?

    4) Why did the Pakistan Government (Musharraf) allow a Pro-Indian Afghan Government to take hold in Afghanistan?

    Many thanks


    August 5, 2010 at 2:43 am | Reply
  6. Zia

    I ask Mr Gul who created MMA against the then Pakistan People's party. Why the seeds of hatred were sown during him being the chief of ISI. What was he doing behind the doors against the People's Party Govt.
    What is the Saudi connection?
    Who brought Sharifs to power?
    Were you and are you a part of creating a theocratic state of Pakistan? a Wahabi State of Pakistan with Jamat-i-Islami at the helm of affairs
    Were you and CIA not aware that al-Qaeda was being set up during the so called Jihad in Afghanistan in the tribal belt of Pakistan

    August 5, 2010 at 3:10 am | Reply
  7. Jawad Rana

    1) How can we stop suicide bombings in Pakistan ?
    2) Which political party in your opinion is truly faithful to pakistan's future and why?
    3) What do you think of PTI and Imran khan if he is elected as prime minister / president of pakistan ?
    4) How can we improve economic conditions of pakistan ?
    5) If things remain the same, where do you see pakistan in the next 10 years ?
    6) What do you think about countries who accuse pakistan of harbouring terrorists ? if we were harbouring Terrorist then why would they do suicide bombing in the country that provides them safe haven ?

    Would be great to read your comments ....

    August 5, 2010 at 3:27 am | Reply
  8. Abe L. D'Anger

    Mr. Gul,
    In your understanding of the world of intelligence and black operations and the like, how far fetched is the idea that with Operation Rosewood, ending the Cold War, a nuclear arsenal was recovered in trade for the 9/11 attacks and that persons killed that day were, for lack of a more militant word, ‘retired’ in the Pentagon. I mean with a list of 250,000 overseas active ‘spies’ is it conceivable that instead of bringing in ‘foreign spies’ (U.S. nationals albeit) the attack sent a clear message that USDoD can’t be bothered with contacting all those folks either, moreover that the asbestos problem and the realestate involved, plus the contruction effort at the Pentagon were ‘ALL CLEAR’ messages received for the operation to go ahead as planned

    August 5, 2010 at 3:53 am | Reply
  9. Pankaj

    Both India and Pakistan are likely to gain immensely if they are at peace with one another. Peace between these two nations will also be very beneficial for the population in Kashmir Then why do they hate each other so much?

    August 5, 2010 at 4:12 am | Reply
  10. Ali Sultan

    Would you agree that you and former President G.W Bush have similar ideas for your respective countries?

    Also, on a lighter side, have you seen Religulous? If not, you must.

    August 5, 2010 at 4:34 am | Reply
  11. ashish

    I would like to ask Mr Gul if the Taliban, he sympathizes with, are Religious, Political or group of criminals. If he Considers them religious, does he support a similar regime in Pakistan. If he considers Taliban as political, then why don't they become part of democratic process in Afghanistan. If the Taliban are bunch of criminals, how can he justify his support.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:13 am | Reply
  12. Amir

    Dear Hamid Sahab,

    When is the military taking over in Pakistan? Because the civilian govt's performance is pathetic.They are all thieves.There are floods in Pakistan while Zardari 10% and Bilawal 20% are on tour in Europe. You don't have to answer any questions about your conduct.As you did what we call national interest.We salute you.Why don't CNN quiz people over the civilian deaths in Afghanistan as shown by the Wikileaks documents.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy life with your grandchildren.

    It seldom happens that a brave man is born among cowards.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:21 am | Reply
  13. Abbas

    Do you consider Zia ul haq a hero or do you think he was the greatest enemy of Islam and Pakistan?

    I am a shia Muslim. Does that mean it's ok for people that you support (Taliban, SSP, LeT) to kill me?

    How did you feel when innocent Ahmedis were massacred in a mosque in Lahore?

    Do you ever think of death and standing in front of God trying to justify all the innocent people that died because of your support to barbarians like Talibans?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:25 am | Reply
  14. Anil Dar

    Is it true that you in particular, and Pakistanis in general, see India as a Hindu society and not a multireligious one?
    That this is indeed the basis of Pakistani hostility towards India in Afghanistan and even in Kashmir?
    If true, how does this go with the fact that Pakistan was once a Hindu-only society, and that Islam is, historically, a recent arrival there?
    How do Pakistanis grapple with the fact that their ancestors were Hindus?
    Is their truth in the writer V S Naipaul's assertion that Pakistan is an
    invented society(as against perhaps an evolved one)

    August 5, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  15. Qureshi

    Mr. General

    Can you tell me which is the only country who is always at help to poor Pakistanis? If your reply is USA, then let me know why you people are making hole in the plate from which you are eating. You people are cashing on fictious sentiments of mostly illitrate and poor people.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:38 am | Reply
  16. Jenboy

    Mr. Gul,
    Do you think the world has a valuable lesson to learn about terrorism from Pakistan. Terrorism is like wild fire, you try igniting all your neighbors house but ultimately it is bound to reach & burn down your own home. This is exactly what seems to be going on in Pakistan & Pakistan seems to be all alone fighting these terrorist.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  17. M.K.M.Zubair

    What is the best solution for Kashmir problem?
    Is plebiscite as passed by the UN still valid?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  18. bashu

    Imagine you are on your deathbed: Would you be proud of the bloodshed you have caused?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:42 am | Reply
  19. Adnan

    Is Pakistan Army is loyal with Mr. Jinnah, who want a libral and ideal state? I ask this as many of the ex militry personnel are supporting extremist and fundamentlist activities...

    August 5, 2010 at 5:57 am | Reply
  20. Peter

    General Gul,

    What is the one thing that the United States and its allies are getting right in the war against the Taliban, in your opinion, and what is the most important thing they have yet to discover?

    Thank you.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  21. saurabh prakash

    Do you support the people who are waging an armed struggle against India to "free" Kashmir?
    Do you think it would be the right solution to give Kashmiris on both sides the right to choose between India, Pakistan and independence from both?
    If not, why dont you want to give them the third option?
    If so, what would this Kashmir be? Would it include Jammu? Would it include Leh?
    Would you then agree that the people of Jammu and of Leh should also have a similar right to decide not to be a part of Kashmir?
    What can Pakistan offer Kashmiris other than what it has thus far given to its people i.e. bloodshed? Why would they go with Pakistan? Because they are mainly Muslims? Is that the only basis for your seeking this?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:19 am | Reply
  22. ahmed

    As president Zardari has recently pointed out, that the war in Afghanistan is lost and many NATO countries have started withdrawing. NATO stands for a coalition of 42 countries with over 100,000 troops. The most heavily armed and sophisticated fighting units are on the ground.

    And yet, they have miserable failed to contain a bunch of local afghans with old AK 47s. The fact remains, that on the ground, taliban remains very popular among Afghan pashtuns who have been completely sidelined in the coalition government. They provide stability and order in a largely ungovernable country. Every NATO country is either directly or indirectly paying protection money to the taliban for the safety of its troops. 70% of Afghanistan is governed by the Taliban.

    NATO has to blame somebody for its miserable defeat and it is looking for scape goats. No money was spent on reconstruction, building roads and schools. Most of the money was wasted on corrupt war lords and that money is gone. The people of Afghanistan are not supporting the taliban because they are ideologically better in an absolute sense but because they are better relative to the NATO backed warlords. Meanwhile NATO members continue to protect Saudi extremists who provide the funding for alqaeda. 15 of the 19 hijackers belonged to Saudi Arabia.

    You can check out the news in kashmir right now, it is under curfew with mass protests going on at this exact moment. Kashmir is a popular uprising and it has nothing to do with the taliban which is largely a pashtun problem. The international community including NATO must also address the human rights abuses being carried out in Kashmir right now by indian security forces. Kashmir must be given the right for self determination.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:21 am | Reply
  23. Ahmed

    Mr. Gul,
    Do you repent on for 'cooperating with CIA' in 1970s and 1980s to create Taliban and Osama Bin Ladin? Do you think CIA and ISI should not have played the proxy war against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan? There could have been other ways out like mobilizing world powers and doing it the right way instead of creating the jihadis for a war which could have been fought by US forces (based on their assumption of being a super power) ?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 am | Reply
  24. Arbab


    Is it true that you ordered Pakistan Army to help bosnians during Balkan conflict, was that act your solo action, or were you directed to do this?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 am | Reply
  25. BM

    Since the end of WW II, the only unresolved major conflicts are
    – Palestine
    – Koreas (North/South)
    – India/Pakistan

    As for the resolution of Palestine and Koreas-
    Korea, we all know its just a matter of time before North Korea collapses from within. Palestine, I guess until the oil runs out in middle east (say 30 yrs).

    Where do you see India/Pakistan relationship in 30 years time.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 am | Reply
  26. Ovais

    how come the generals anti american sentiments are comming up now. he had absolutely no problem with them while he was serving for ISI and selling pakistani people cheap as a mercenary army for the americans. while he and all generals were making big bucks stealing from the pakistani people.
    these madrasas are the creation of the americans and the ISI, where young kids were made into assasins while high on religion. he is one of the culprits for the problems we as a nation facing now.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:35 am | Reply
  27. JKeshav

    It is understood that Taliban and to an extent Al-Qaida were created and ARE the babies of your pet project of ISI. A covert organisation that has caused immense damage in the regions of Afghansitan and Kashmir in India. Even to this day innocent people are dying here in these areas due to the troubles fomented by you, ISI.
    Therefore it is but true what David Cameron said, that Pakistan is exporting terror to whether it is to streets of Mumbai, Kashmir, Kabul or London. Of course who can forget the recent failed attempt in the streets of Manhattan.
    What in the name of hell will make you understand then, that you the ISI is exposed, standing naked for all the world to see, but yet you are all trying to do a cover-up with nothing but blatant lies!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:45 am | Reply
  28. saqib

    My question is, why do west asks everytime to do more always when everyone sees the casualties in Pakistan, the terrorists have even shaken all the cities of Pakistan. Where is the problem? eveytime west asks to do more Pakistan does not reply affirmative answers that means Pakistan in infact invloved into all this and west knows it.

    2nd Q: If ISI has any influence on taliban, why they are not using this influence to stop them to target Pakistani Cities??? If these are not Taliban then deffinately there is someone else trying to destablize Pak.

    3rd Q: What are your views about current Govt of Pak??? I believe they are bunch of idots and Losers trying to fill their pockets with US Aid.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  29. Khattak

    Its better to learn yourself,Why Americans change their mood now and hating Mr.Gul,In Afghan war he was Americans hero and now turned to enemy.If America and he allies is going to save Ahmed Rushdi, so there is no harm we will save Mr.Gul and Osama

    August 5, 2010 at 6:53 am | Reply
  30. Mohammed Kashif

    Mr. Gul, don't you think its time that Pakistan steer itself clear out of the 'Great Game' since it has achieved nothing for the people of Pakistan?

    Don't you think Pakistan's people, given their many talents, deserve a more respectable place on the world map than being considered a pawn in the strategic machination's of China on one hand and US on the other?

    Don't any of your sensible decision makers in ISI see it that you are just being used, earlier to keep Russian expansion in check by US, and now to keep Indian rise in check by China?

    Isn't it time for Pakistan to foster peaceful & fruitful alliance with its commercially booming neighbor – India, that will bring employment to the poor of your country which in turn will contain the tide of Islamists and extremists? You should be wise enough to know that what goes around comes around, which means your own children will be left to face your deeds.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:56 am | Reply
  31. Peter

    General Gul, hope you're well. Given your important experience and a unique perspective, if you were to design the World's future for your children, what would the World look like in 50 to 100 years? If you can articulate your vision, suggest how should we all get there and major obstacle we need to over come. Also, what would Pakistan look and feel like in five, ten and fifteen years? Thank you!

    August 5, 2010 at 7:08 am | Reply
  32. Usama

    How would you like to have a taste of your own medicine and live under Taliban Rule?

    August 5, 2010 at 7:14 am | Reply
  33. Ebad

    The problem with Indians and Western is that they actually dont Know the ground realities, they think that its a video game that you conquer and its over.

    I just want to question how should we end all this, we know Taliban, Afghan puppet Government, Pakistan Government (ISI & Military) and US Establishment are Stake holders and we also know that ISI will bring Taliban core Leadership on table, but how should this be done, please outline few steps that are important.

    We Pakistani clearly knows that any deal which clearly does not accept Pushtoon as majority is waste of time and money. And Center of Government must be of Pushtoon, so what you think, is that possible and how much role should Pakistan play to Heal Afghanistan as a country.

    One thing is for sure, Indian must leave any Activity in Afghanistan in Interest of their own Country, (if they dont want more 26/11 or Kargils or Kashmirs unrest) and due to their interference in Afghanistan, Pakistanis are not interested in playing their sincere role in peace in Afghanistan.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:15 am | Reply
  34. Shiraz Choudhry


    Here in Pakistan, no one knows whos with whom. The people can just see the fighting going on.

    Most of the people think that Pakisan is actually supporting the Taliban Secretly, and the USA had grown the TTP to attack Pakistani targets just to force the pakistani people to think that the Taliban are against them. And RAW and MOSSAD are taking advantage of the situation and funding TTP.

    What ever side we are on (Which im sure youre aware of). why dont we declare it openly. Why doesnt the government openly admit the Indian and Israeli involvement in the war.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:18 am | Reply
  35. Hannan Tariq


    Do you think Pakistan can survive economically if we deny to support american so called war on terror?

    i dont understand one thing, what kind of super power america is if they cant locate one person and how come these taliban are fighting against them for the last eight years? where do they get support of weapons? From where they get financial aid? Whey we cant stop or monitor border movment? what are restrictions?

    August 5, 2010 at 7:24 am | Reply
  36. Muhammad Izhar

    Do you think the current freedom struggle of Kashmir which is not supported by any one else but kashmiries will be a motivation for Taiban and provide them moral support and what will be its effects on war on terror.And how much the resultion of issue of Kahsmir can effect current war on terror and future of Tailbanization in this region

    August 5, 2010 at 7:25 am | Reply
  37. Umair Waheed Sheikh, Karachi,Pakistan

    I for one believe people like Mr Gul should be given a taste of their own medicine. This guy has taken Pakistan towards the road to hell. I don't understand why people like him are in the news and how could someone like him have been there at the ISI. This just goes to the Pakistan military's pull towards religious extremism. Mr Gul now is the time to unequivocally stand up againt the Taliban. Pakistan is at a cross roads and having lived in Karachi for 25 years I can say that we have had enough. If you people want Taliban then let NWFP be an independent country. Mr Gul peace unto you and I hope you have some conscience left.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:27 am | Reply
  38. Imran

    Mr Gul

    Pakistan millitary has time again ceased american dollars and indian passports during their raids on so called pakistani talibans. Did they ever discuss this in international forums and with their partners in afghanistan like Gen Mc Crystal of Gen Patreus. Also can you please explain why suicide attacks were witnessed in pakistan four years after 9/11 and not before that. If talibans are resposible for these attacks then why didnt these attacks occur at a time when talibans were in full control of afghanistan before 9/11.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:30 am | Reply
  39. Sarmad Hassan

    Question: As Pakistani I found Taliban to be loyal to our homeland when they were in power in Afghanistan. Should we side with Taliban protecting Pakistan's interest in the long run? If so, then who is actually Tehreek-e-taliban Pakistan and why they got so brutal to Pakistanis

    August 5, 2010 at 7:33 am | Reply
  40. Izhar

    If Taliban again come into rule Afghanistan as they claim to hold most parts of the country currently what will be the impact on Pakistan and especially,on current Kashmir struggle run by Kashmires and on Iran.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:35 am | Reply
  41. Izhar

    Benazir claimed in an inteview with BBC that Omer Shaikh a member of Jaish Mohammad Organazition murdered Osama Bin Laden.
    What do you think about her claim and its authenticity.
    I also want to ask is their any link between Benazir's claim and her murder as this claim can have a huge impact on war on terror if she becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan.

    August 5, 2010 at 7:40 am | Reply
  42. uzair

    i think everyone is forgetting the main point.

    taliban were funded by CIA through ISI to fight against Russia....

    and taliban are not just religious fighters, they were a small group of individuals and local war lords, just like any other group in afghanistan...

    most of the so called 'taliban' of the soviet era were foreign fighters and theyve left the country

    the people fighting america are paid local war lords. they fight for money , land and power

    but ur government wont tell u this

    August 5, 2010 at 7:59 am | Reply
  43. This is Ali

    Mr. Gul,
    How come the serving generals loathe democracy, however, after retirement seems to liken it?
    Second, you have seen Pakistani politics in and out since you created Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, what is your perception of General Musharraf's chances of coming to power?

    August 5, 2010 at 8:03 am | Reply
  44. David

    Mr. Gul,

    It has been widely reported that retired Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmed of the Pakistani ISI had been meeting with U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, Senator Bob Graham on the morning of September 11, 2001 discussing Osama Bin Laden when the attacks occurred, as well as having met with former CIA Director George Tenet many times in the weeks leading up to that day.

    It has been alleged that Mr. Ahmed supplied the date of the attack to lead hijacker Mohammed Atta, having learned of the date of U.S. war games Vigilant Guardian, and others, taking place that day.

    It was also reported in the Wall Street Journal that Mr. Ahmed ordered $100K wired to Atta in Florida. After this was learned through cell phone records, the U.S. government demanded that Mr. Ahmed be forced to retire, which he did on October 9, 2001.

    Mr. Gul, what information do you know about former Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmed's links to the 9/11 hijackers, his links to the CIA, and to the attacks of Septemer 11, 2001?

    Thank you.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:20 am | Reply
  45. Ram

    General Gul,
    You have stood against everything that was deemed as close to India or even that was less "detrimental" to India. You backed the Khalistani terrorists who wanted Punjab freed in the 80's. You have always backed the Kashmiri separatists and have taken pride in it.

    You have met Osama Bin Laden personally and refused to call him a terrorist.
    You blamed the US for the assasination of Bhutto, recently.

    If there is one thing that we, as human beings have learned it is that it if you play with fire, you get burned. It hasn't been wrong even in the case of US, with US paying a huge price whether it is Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Osama in Afghan, whom they supported purely based on convenience.

    I consider myself a global citizen although an Indian by birth and I truly believe a stable and peaceful Pakistan is absolutely essential not just for the region, but the world as a whole. I bear no ill-will on Pakistan or Pakistanis. But sure do for people in power who are evil.

    I am just thinking aloud how you could possibly sleep peacefully at night??

    August 5, 2010 at 8:25 am | Reply
  46. Anwar

    I have read your speeches to terrorists and also read your interviews to western media. Its very clear that you are the prime motivator of terrorists. But when you speak, there is a clear disconnect between what you tell the camera and your intentions. In this regard, I wanted to ask you how do you manage these contradictions and do you ever realize the disastrous consequences to Pakistan and others?

    August 5, 2010 at 8:29 am | Reply
  47. Yasin Bidar

    Mr. Gul

    After the withdrawal of the army of the earstwhile Soviet Union from Afghanistan in February 1989, a huge , Jihadi and Pakistani mixed army of more than 40 thousand strong , under your command , attacked Jalalabad city in East Afghanistan , in March 1989, but was defeated after almost one month of heavyfighting and you lost the battle to the late martyr Dr. Najibullah the then president and supreme commander of Afghan armed forces. It was in fact a defeat to the ISI and other elements supporting Jihadi groups against the then government of Afghanistan , after years of meddeling in Afghan affairs. As a result you lost your job as director general of ISI. But by capturing of Kabul city by the Taliban army on the black day of 26 sept. 1996 the fist thing you did was to hang Dr. Najibullah in revenge. My questions are:

    1- Are you not ashamed of what you did on that day ?

    2- You and your other collegues within and without the ISI,who boosted the Taliban army know very well , and experience proved it , that taliban, this extremely backwarded tribal army is unable to rule the country in a civilized manner then how do you justify your support to them , while as a result innocent afghan civilians get killed and our cities destroyed. Is it not due to the fact that you people, Pak. armymen, lost Bangaladesh in early 1970,s and over the past three decades , since 1975, have been trying to have an achievement in Afghanistan.?

    3- The fire you have been fanning in Afghanistan for the past three decades has now reached your own doorsteps, and now- adays bloodshed and destructions in Pakistani cities and villages make headlines in international media, is it not the right time to honestly stop this nonesense and say goodbye to Taliban and Alqaeda?.

    Everybody knows that taliban is a brainchild of people like you within and without ISI and it is people like you who are after this so called crusade. Without ISI support Taliban have no independant identity.

    4- Pak. ,Afghan policies over the past three decades indicate that You are entertaining the dream of subjugating Afghanistan to Pakistan by further weakening it. Do you not agree that the time of colonisation has already gone.? Twenty first century is niether 19 nor 20th century.
    Mr. Gul,
    Afghans are famous for their friendship as well as revenge. is It not logical to make this neighbouring country of 30 million people friend and stop hostility?.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:42 am | Reply
  48. ALi

    Question from Krishna

    1. Why not india is giving Freedom to Kashmir accroding to Un Resolution.

    2 . How long India Will deny the reality . We can be Friend if you resolve the main issue which causes whole region in trouble.

    3 Why India help Bangali people in Freedom ? AS they know it was legal terrotory of Pakistan.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:49 am | Reply
  49. Ibrahim Mustafa

    Mr. Gul

    Why you still consider China as a reliable friend after so much brutality of the Chinese govt in Kashgar and massacre of Ughurs in China? Dont you think Occpuied Kashmir and Occupied Kashgar sound same?

    August 5, 2010 at 9:02 am | Reply
  50. Emran Yahya


    Do you really think your musilm? In which verse of Quran is written to support a group of fanatic, illerates and Barbarous (Taliban) to kill and distroy lifes of so many innocent people? Don't you fear of the of judgement when you have to face the almighty to answer?

    August 5, 2010 at 9:10 am | Reply
  51. Satish Chandra

    I am India's expert in strategic defence and the father of India's strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missiles Development Program. I have shown in my blog titled 'Nuclear Supremacy For India Over U.S.', which can be found by a Google search with the title, that all terrorism and insurgencies in the Indian subcontinent and in much of the rest of the world is sponsored by the C.I.A. Both Pakistan's ISI and India's RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) function as branches of the C.I.A. and participate in terrorism and insurgencies throughout the Subcontinent, under direction of the C.I.A. Yes, the ISI secretly supports the Taliban but it does so under direction from the C.I.A. whose modus operandi is support for ALL sides of a conflict to control the course of the conflict in service of its own goals. The goal of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and partial occupation of Pakistan is eventual occupation and overt colonial rule over the Subcontinent as a whole. This will not be permitted and all those participating in this enterprise, including the U.K., will be duly punished; see my blog. The document leak currently in the news has been made in preparation for abandonment of this goal and withdrawal from Afghanistan because of steps I have already taken for the nuclear destruction of New Delhi and then the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States by India with 5,000 thermonuclear warheads and extermination of its population; see my blog.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:19 am | Reply
  52. Irfan

    1) Why you were on the US side during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan?

    2) Why you are now against US during the US invasion of Afghanistan?

    3) Who is loosing due to the instability of this region and who is benefiting from it?

    4) What is the importance of Afghanistan as its being invaded 3 three time? (twice in the last 30 years and 3 time during the last 200 years)

    August 5, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply
  53. Shankar Krishnan

    Who do you think was behind the blast of the Indian Embassy in Kabul in Jul 2008 in which 41 persons were killed and over 141 injured? Was not the ISI responsible with the Pak Taliban to carry out this attack?

    August 5, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply
  54. Ana Vaman

    In your opinion, what is the "best" solution to the problem of terrorism, extremism, sectarian violence (which all are deeply interconnected ) within Pakistan?

    What is the "best" strategy to the war in Afghanistan ?

    P.S. : The word "best" implies, what is good for a peaceful world that is free from violence.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:36 am | Reply
  55. Jurgen R. Brul

    What is your opinion on the way general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Pakistan Army, is defending Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war and is aiding civilians?

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Paramaribo, Suriname

    August 5, 2010 at 9:39 am | Reply
  56. Jeevan

    Mr. Gul,

    More than 1500 Pakistanis died in the recent flood in Pakistan and 3 million people are affected. 80 people died in Karachi target killings. A senior police officer was assassinated in Peshawar. Its all happened in last two-three days. but Dawn news paper report that 1 more kashmiri was killed in Kashmir in India. Dont Pakistan think about your people than Kashmiris ? Have not your screwed your country enough because of this hatred ....Tell why ?

    August 5, 2010 at 9:51 am | Reply
  57. Azm Aftab

    In the past ten years of this "war on terror", Pakistan has paid a heavy price in terms of casulties and economy. It is now emerging that US and UK are insisting our efforts are futile, no country has lost as many lives as ours, and some even predict a military attack in Pakistan soon. I have two questions; firstly why did the ISI and Army rendered an unequivocal support to west rather than negotiating terms with them like Turkey did in Iraq war? Secondly what course should the government take now that UK's PM has accused Pakistan of exporting terror?

    August 5, 2010 at 10:03 am | Reply
  58. Adhokshaja

    Pakistan has invested successfully on rogue elements across Caucasus, Middleeast, Africa for a long term goal for getting a non-democratic governance along the lines of erstwhile Caliphate and surprizingly have been parallely managing the Americans effectively for funding in the name of Democracy. Nice work done between 1981-2010. But looks like Americans and British are no longer willing to be taken for a ride they knew was going to end once their interests are served.

    What prospects do you see for a Pseudo Non-Democratic Nation like Pakistan surviving for the lame cause of setting Caliphate at the cost of its genuine religious people who deserve a strong governance for its development. I am conciously using 'Non-Democratic' and not 'Islamic' because ISI has successfully forced Western Media to see Islamic state as an alternative to Democracy while the fact is the concept of Islamic Nation and Democracy are no different and Indian Subcontinent is a strong example of waves of empires set up securlay by the great Islamic Kings from Afghanistan.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:08 am | Reply
  59. ben

    Mr. Gul, i think you are a hero. We dont want afganistan and pakistan turning to the west. Israel has caused enough damage in the region and we dont want more pro-israel mouth pieces in the region!

    August 5, 2010 at 10:24 am | Reply
  60. Asim

    In your opinion why the NATO forces do not eradicate the opium production in Afghanistan which they blame is funding the insurgency?
    Pakistan already asked to fence the border, what is the hurdle in this way?
    If, as claimed by NATO, insurgents take refuge and training in Pakistan, then why NATO does not take all of their forces to border?
    Why after 9 years, Afghan Army is not ready to take over their country?

    August 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Reply
  61. Yamin

    Lieutenant General Hamid Gul,

    I know that you are popular figure in Pakistan because of your truth and sincerity for the Pakistani people instead of politically motivated.

    Do all people in the west know that at the border line between Pakistan and Afghanistan , people have relatives along both sides ?

    Can you explain to west that ' is it right to killing innocent people in Kashmir , Afghanistan , Iraq and Palestine ?

    However Islam totaly forbid killing of innocent people . if it is right then who is killing innocent in the west ?

    August 5, 2010 at 10:49 am | Reply
  62. nadeem

    i complete adhere to the ideology and pragmatism that this man hold.he is a genuine die hard fan and a true pakistani patriotic.this view is just not mine.almost 90 percent of more than 200 million pakistanis are of the same view.USA and its allies minus so called pakistani pro western government including the indians have manufactured and concocted stories tryin to malign his face around the world.fortunately they couldnt in the eyes of common pakistani ppl and they never would ever be successful in doing that.Just a few days back in a program aired on pakistani tv channel ARY NEWS he was of a very strong and candid opinion that american and his allies have completely lost the war.we know he is blunt and straight forward.we all know americans have lost this was completely.There is no way out.We all know so well that american government needs a face saving.If just labelling hamid gul as a terrorist can do the job i dont i think so.At the end of the day everyone back home in US -people would know why americans lost the war , the most humiliating defeat afer vietnam war.We know its not easy to accept this for average common american but fortunately or unfortunately you have lost it and there is no way for a come back.You dont believe us or General Hamid Gul its not something for us to bother, sooner than later you would all know,till then let ur people back in US watch American Idol and enjoy wotever they have been left with.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:54 am | Reply
  63. murteza

    General,Do u think time is right for Pakistan China Iran and Russia to form an alliance against the West..

    August 5, 2010 at 11:02 am | Reply
  64. Syed Ali Asad Jafri

    I have three questions.

    1- Are you in any way involved in the promotion of sectarian violence or extremist groups that have killed, kidnapped or tortured citizen of Pakistan?

    2- Have you handed money to politicians within Pakistan to promote instability or helped in social chaos within the country?

    3- In the event of collapse of the current Afghan government in Kabul, what fallout do you see on Pakistan?

    August 5, 2010 at 11:04 am | Reply
  65. Al Maher

    Do you believe Pakistan will be a better place if there was no support for violence?
    Can you help your future generations and the world to end terrorism originating from Pakistan.

    August 5, 2010 at 11:44 am | Reply
  66. Fayyaz A Khan

    Mr. Gul
    Do you really think that Pakistani Army was not playing an active role or ISI was not involved while Taliban (or miscreant) were planning to take over the valley of swat?

    August 5, 2010 at 11:58 am | Reply
  67. mahesh chini

    Pakistan and the explosive Jehad are American creations. Anyone with a little foresight would have predicted the current situation arising out of supporting Pakistan against Afganistan (especially when it raised the Taliban).
    What did US get from Afganistan and Pakistan till date? Body bags and orders for arms (subsidised with tax payers' money). Neither has oil (the one resource US consumes as much as air).
    Even now USA will do well to take all the military hardware back from troubled Pakistan and get out. The mighty British and the Soviets failed to rule Afghanistan, what makes the Americans think they can?
    Get out quick boys, before more of you are killed and more Tax money (or borrowed from China?) is down the drain.
    Fighting the Jehadists in AF-Pak is futile. Let them live in peace. Just make sure that they don't get more arms and money. Choke the drug routes.
    Sense will begin to prevail! The very USA that was Pakistan's deraest friend is now hated by all and sundry. See what you get for feeding the snake? A nice hisss and some poison in your blood. Cheers America! Long live Freedom and Democracy by feeding on tyrants and despots.

    August 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  68. asmaie

    Mr. Gul,
    Believe me, you are very famouse in afghanistan. Every one know who you are. My questions are:

    -As we know you are supporter of Taliban and Al Qayede. Have you ever had anxiety of being in the black list of US?
    -You are supporting Taliban and as you know they are the reall muslims. What do you think if Pakistan comes under the rule of Taliban?

    August 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  69. Kunal


    What do you have to say with regards to the following?

    1. President Asif Ali Zardari describing you as political ideologue of terror during an interview with Newsweek on December 14, 2008.

    2. Inclusion of your name in the list of international terrorists by USA.

    3. You made the staement 'The Muslim world must stand united to confront the US in its so-called war against terror which is in reality a war against Muslims. Let's destroy America wherever its troops are trapped.'. What do you have to say about Pakistan's current role on war on terror?

    August 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  70. Aditya

    1. As far as I know, very very few countries had supported insurgent elements in their own home land, except Pakistan/ISI. Have we ever heard of CIA allowing a group of separatists to flourish in USA? they might do it anywhere else in the world, except in US soil.
    Thanks to this, Pakistan will remain an insecure place for its own population for years to come. Is it smart for ISI to continue the same policy?

    2. If Taliban wins, does it stop the blood shed!!! Sure it will not and definitely other segments of Afganistan will definitely take up arms and the same saga of violence is expected to prolong. Except for the ego of ISI leaders, there is nothing much to gain for Pakistan.

    3. Pashtuns are on both sides of Pak/Afgan border. If ISI is supporting Taliban for pushtoons sake, Whats the guarantee that one day the Taliban with their leadership, will not try the same medicine back to Pak side for the complete islamisation of the region?

    August 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  71. Lawrence (USA)

    The sacrifice made by Pakistani army for establishing govt vit at Swat valley and South Vaziristan is not any favour for USA. They did it for themselves. Don't keep on telling you are victim of terrorism. You are to pay for your acts. That is rule of nature. Now hope the floods will wash out the terrorism and not breed further. Pakistani people deserve the misfortune and incapable government as they are the one elected their leaders.
    USA should stop sending money to these incapable so called leaders like Mr. Ten Percent. We are tired of sending tax payor hard earned money to these squandrels by our government. This is prolonging the problems.

    August 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  72. Ali

    General Gul,

    You have worked with USA very closely during the Afghan War in the 80s, I have following questions:

    1. What do you think US and Pakistani governments should have done to support the Afghans after the fall out of Soviet Union, and, in your opinion, why they did not do that?

    2. What should US and Pakistan governments do now to stop the war and bring peace in Afghanistan, as surely, bringing more troops and bombing Al Qaeda hideouts is proving unsuccessful.

    3. Is there a difference between Taliban and Al Qaeda, or are they two similar organizations with different names? If we were to believe that Taliban are, so called, freedom fighters, and Al Qaeda is the terrorist organization supported by the likes of Osama etc., how can we single out Al Qaeda in order to identify it as the real enemy and go after it? Do you think we can win support of Taliban to fight Al Qaeda? If yes, how?

    4. If you became President of Pakistan, what kind of Islam would you bring to Pakistan? What are your views on Taliban-type Islam? Can Afghanistan ever become a more tolerant Islamic country?

    5. Do you think Kashmir issue is the only problematic issue between Pakistan and India? If somehow Kashmir issue is resolved, do you think Pakistan and India can live in harmony on live-and-let-live principles?

    August 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  73. Salman Khan

    My impression based on your interviews is that you are Pro-USA. This may be because of your linkages with the CIA during the Soviet-Afghan War. However, on the ground you take controversial side. You say you are not against USA but against there policies which is one of the evidence of your trust in USA. However, the policies that you don't agree comes from the same place that once you adhered to. Or is it just for the sake of convenience.

    My question is that:

    If US is trying to eliminate the Taliban threat from Afghanistan and Pakistan, why wouldn't you support the idea, while knowing that US play vital role in keeping India at arms length in turn giving some level of strategic incentive to Pakistan?

    Secondly, why we have to search for strategic incentives when i) we share a geographical border with Afghanistan and most of the Afghan refugees lives in Pakistan, both facts leaves Pakistan various options to influence the Government in Kabul once the coalition forces leaves?

    Thirdly, Forget the financial cost of the War that Pakistan is bearing, just figure out the human cost that is immense. How long we can continue to indulge in Afghanistan when the earth underneath our feet is sliding every single day? Should we continue while knowing we are damaging ourselves more than gaining on the other side?

    Fourthly, Do you have a guilt that you forced the Afghan mujaheedeen into a war against soviet union based on promises that remained unfulfilled after you left the army? Does that forces you to take side that you know is wrong but you will continue to defend it because US left the Afghanistan amidst chaos( avoiding committing itself to build future for Afghanistan, and US owes an apology to you and Afghanistan)?

    Do you believe that Afghanistan has a future without Pakistan or vice versa?

    Thanks CNN

    August 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  74. mrs raja

    how big a role does india have in pakistans current violence?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  75. Asma Mansoor

    Mr.Gul, why is it that terrorists are never brought to justice in Pakistan? I've lost three exceptional students in the twin bombings at my university in Islamabad and I'm still looking for answers and awaiting justice.

    August 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  76. sikander

    I dont understand the American view of fighting alqaeeda,taliban and
    its promoters as you.In my opinion they are all terrorists and you dont
    handel with them,you have to destroy them.In the past years the top
    terrorists are still living and appearing on tv?

    August 10, 2010 at 11:52 am | Reply
  77. Stingstions

    Look its silly to say that Pakistanis are against America.
    Pakistanis Enjoy McDonald and KFC
    Pakistanis love the Dollar
    Pakistanis love American films
    Pakistanis love American females
    Pakistanis love American technology
    Pakistanis look to America for help
    Pakistanis hate it when America does not help
    Pakistanis are excited when the Americans talk about landing on the moon
    Pakistanis love the American so much that they want them to revert to Islam
    Pakistanis love Jesus and call him a True Muslim (Not Kafir)
    Kafir = some one who knows but denies the truth
    If 2 + 2 = 4 but the denier will not admit that it is correct hence a kafir has to be some one who knows.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Reply

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