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KARACHI: After remaining on leave for five years, Omar Shahid Hamid — son of Shahid Hamid, slain managing director of the then Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) — was appointed senior superintendent of police (SSP) intelligence at the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Monday.

Hamid became a police officer soon after his father’s assassination in 1997, and served the Karachi police for 13 years before going on a sabbatical in 2011. The sabbatical was reportedly a result of threats he received from the Taliban after he took part in multiple operations as part of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) with the late CID SSP Aslam Khan, better known as Chaudhry Aslam.

While on leave, Hamid wrote two books. The Prisoner is based on the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl in 2002, with on-point references to the inner workings of the Karachi police and, at times, obvious references to Karachi’s police officers and politicians.

The second, The Spinner’s Tale, is based on militancy and its roots within Pakistani society.

It was on the day of the signing of his first book on Jan 9, 2014, that Chaudhry Aslam was assassinated as a result of an IED blast in Karachi.

Last year, in the beginning of May, he appeared in front of a judicial magistrate along with his mother to identify the suspect involved in the murder of his father. A worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Saulat Ali Khan, known as Saulat Mirza, was sentenced for the murder case of Hamid’s father by the antiterrorism court back in 1999.

Mirza was hanged 19 years later in May 2015.

Hamid has remained vocal in his stance against the MQM through his tweets on Twitter. His appointment comes at a time when the MQM is facing the brunt of its leader’s Aug 22 speech in which he made anti-Pakistan remarks.

Speaking about his appointment, Hamid said there was nothing extraordinary about it. “As soon as I reported back from leave, I was contacted by the Inspector General Police, Sindh, A.D. Khwaja to resume duty as the SSP Intelligence at CTD,” he said.

He said that his role is to mainly analyse and look over the kind of threats the city and the province faces. “There are obvious variations in militancy especially in a city as vast as Karachi. The trends in militancy are changing which is too early for me to speak about. It is, however, going to be a lot different than what I have seen before.”

Published in Dawn September 20th, 2016

Comments (29) Closed

Awes Sep 20, 2016 09:24am

Welcome back Omar Shahid Hamid, may you bring new idea and ideals to our provinces police force.

Poor Baloch Sep 20, 2016 09:43am

Good decision. Please carry on the work of Ch. Aslam.

Spyrogyra Sep 20, 2016 09:51am

Brave man. May you be able to do your job without hindrance. Best of luck.

Amjad Sherwani Sep 20, 2016 09:54am

How lucky is Omer, he get 5 yrs leave (with pay or without pay) Karachi citizen have no jobs and is Omer have Karachi domicile ?

Dawn Reader Sep 20, 2016 10:28am

@ Amjad. Is there something you are implying here Amjad? This is a man who has come back to serve his country. What does domicile have to do with it? He is in Pakistan now isn't he? Your family is safer by one more senior and experienced police officer looking after the state of affairs so please try to be a little more positive.

Asad Ali Sep 20, 2016 10:33am

Glad to hear that that, given his input about the cobweb of violence-ridden state of affairs in Karachi. OSH will be an asset to City Police.

Facts Sep 20, 2016 10:54am

@Amjad, you are right.

Jalbani Baloch Sep 20, 2016 10:58am

Welcome back Mr. Omar. You are a right choice for the position of SSP, CTD to suppress terrorism and bring peace and tranquility to the city of Karachi, which has never witnessed peace for more than three decades.

Wazir Ahmad Siddiqui Sep 20, 2016 12:15pm

@Amjad Sherwani : Yes Omer Shahid is very powerful in Establishment, after death of his Late father, his relative got job in Pak Embassy London, and Omer lived their and completed education there, on his returned he got police job with Establishment,

khan Sep 20, 2016 12:33pm

@Amjad Sherwani you are right 5 years with or without pay, it is a big question, where as many MBAs, PHDs are roaming without job

Abdul Hameed Sep 20, 2016 02:00pm

Salute to Mr. Omar Shahid Hamid and his brave mother who stood firm in front of the strong killers of her husband.

kanwarch Sep 20, 2016 02:14pm

@Amjad Sherwani There is a time and place to raise such issues but not this one. He is a brave man who has sttod up to a criminal mafia and should be appreciated.

aamer nawaz Sep 20, 2016 03:08pm

Courageous Son of a real Pakistan Hero ! Shahid Hamid a real Shaheed in all respects ! His life story and sacrfice should be projected ,examplified , glorified and honored with highest civiiian award as he stood against Tryancy in the line of duty at the cost of life ! God Bless his soul !!!

Siddiqui Sep 20, 2016 03:43pm

I served in KESC & I have seen the period of your father , Late Shahid Hamid. He was a brave man. I still remember his speech to KESC officers in which he said that "KESC is a cancer & to treat it I will remove the effected part i.e. the corrupt people & he did it". You are son of a brave man. You are well qualified & moreover you have an indepth knowledge & experience of city. You are the best choice for this post. You are going to commence a noble cause , InshAllah God will help you & shower his blessings on you .

Talha Sep 20, 2016 04:20pm

Good to see an educated man join the police. I wish there comes a day when people with good education start joinijg the police. We need to invest in police, hospitals and schools.

kanwarch Sep 20, 2016 05:38pm

@Wazir Ahmad Siddiqui Very good and he deserves it.

saeeds Sep 20, 2016 07:19pm

@Amjad Sherwani don't bring your narrow minded ethnic thought . Deserve person get there awards. There thousand Karachi domicile went to western countries and US. He is brave person with just like his father.

Imran Soomro Sep 20, 2016 08:04pm

@Dawn Reader His father was heading KESC on a domicile from Punjab....then he moved to Punjab and then managed to have a domicile from Sindh....

asif Sep 20, 2016 08:36pm

I admire his determination and courage.

syed wasim haider Sep 20, 2016 09:21pm

He is son of an honest person and will be an asset for Sindh Police. Good decision.I wish Mr. Murad Ali Shah will bring peace in his province.

imdadali aka babu Sep 20, 2016 10:24pm

well, it is bold decision to join the department after availing leave as this time city is in the grip of danger and mr. hamid will definitely work in the betterment of the people the city.

javed qamer USA Sep 20, 2016 10:28pm

I have bought the book prisoner. I would request citizens of Karachi to buy this book and encourage Shahid. Well done Shahid.

Adeeb Sep 20, 2016 10:51pm

What a shame... for this country and its system where endless jobless graduates roaming on the street, and we are still looking for the privileged one to fill one post.

Parvez Sep 20, 2016 11:12pm

Its a comfort to know that the police force has officers like Omar Shahid Hamid.

Syed Ehsan Sep 20, 2016 11:13pm

@Imran Soomro His Father- Shahid Hamid- was an Urdu speaking Bihari, who through sheer hard and honesty earned his livelihood. I know this for a fact as he was my kin. Please do not try to politisize him.

Kamran Sep 21, 2016 03:12am

Welcome back sir! Karachi needs people like you. Regards, a Karachiite.

khan USA Sep 21, 2016 05:36am

@Poor Baloch Rao Anwar is carrying out the unfinished business of Ch Aslam !

Zahid Hussain Holland Sep 21, 2016 09:29am

@saeeds : the people of Karachi are very wide minded and accommodating each and every body but reality is that, why we migrated overseas bcs there r no job, a bit job taking over by rest of Punjab and KPK. For the sake of God give, job to Omer in Punjab. take care of Karachi.

Gillani Sep 21, 2016 10:40am

@Imran Soomro Does Domicile matter? being qualified Pakistani matters a lot. the country is bulging with massive social, security and political problems and you want to appoint someone who is not qualified enough to deal with this mess but he must have a domicile of Sindh. He is SSP (Federal Employee), (theoretically speaking) he can be appointed in any district in Pakistan except the one from where he got his domicile. be positive and play +ve role for your country.