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A gentle soul

DIG Syed Ahmed Mobin enjoyed great respect among peers

A gentle soul
DIG Syed Ahmed Mobin.

Born in the capital of Balochistan on …. 19…, Captain (retd) Mobin was a kind-hearted police officer known for his welfare work. He was very popular among police troops and was well respected among the lower staff of the department due to his friendly attitude towards the force. In short, he ruled the hearts of police jawans.

Chief Traffic Officer Syed Ahmed Mobin was among those martyred in a suicide bombing in Lahore on Monday. The only son of his parents, Mobin had one sister who was his very dear friend as well.

He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) last year. DIG Mobin was a brave and competent officer who played a key role in counter-terrorism operations in Balochistan and Punjab.

He completed his early education from Islamia High School, Quetta and Mastung Cadet College. His father, Dr Karrar Zaidi was a pediatrician. He joined Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul in March 1988. He was selected for 85th Long Course and passed out on April 16,, 1992.

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After serving in the Pakistan Army, he joined the Civil Services of Pakistan on November 6, 1996. He belonged to the 24th Common of the Civil Services of Pakistan. His first posting was as an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), Lahore Cantt.

During his tenure in the Pakistan Army, Mobin participated in the Karachi Operation as an officer of Sindh Rangers during the 1990s. He initially served in Field Intelligence Team (FIT) of Sindh Rangers and then joined Field Security (FS) wing of Sindh Rangers. During an operation, he was injured, receiving bullet wounds. His code name during the Karachi Operation was Captain Kakar. Some of his close friends called him Kakar.

He served Balochistan Police from 2012 to 2014. On August 8, 2013, while he was serving as DIG Investigation Quetta, his counterpart in Operations Branch DIG Fayyaz Sumbal was killed in a suicide attack at Police Lines when the funeral prayer preparations of an inspector were underway. He was instrumental in the investigation of the attack and identifying the culprits behind it.

The prime reason of Mobin’s transfer from Quetta to Punjab was life threat. Once again in CTD Punjab, he fully utilised his expertise and was instrumental in combating this menace in the province.

Captain (retd) Mobin along with intelligence agencies conducted several top secret anti-terrorism tasks. Due to his bravery and professional competence, he had earned great respect among the then army high command in Balochistan. He was directly or indirectly involved in every counter terrorism operation that Balochistan Police conducted during that time. He made huge cracks in the rank and file of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Jaish-ul-Islam (JI) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). As a police officer in Quetta, he helped the Karachi Police solve several kidnapping for ransom cases.

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The prime reason of his transfer from Quetta to Punjab was a life threat to his life. After leaving Balochistan, he joined the Punjab Police and assumed charge in the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD). Once again in CTD Punjab, he fully utilised his expertise and was instrumental in combating this menace in the province.

Before joining the traffic police, he was serving as additional director general in Chief Minister Punjab’s Overseas Pakistanis Commission. He was looking after the police matters in the commission and served from February 28, 2015 to November 24, 2016. He was also taking care of protocol of the Chief Minister Punjab.

Captain (retd) Syed Ahmed Mobin leaves behind a mother, sister, wife, three daughters and a son. He was very happy and excited on the birth of his son. 

Syed Arfeen

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The author is a Senior Investigative Correspondent of Geo News in Karachi. He can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • Correctness of facts and figures need to be checked before publishing an article. At the start it is stated that Mr Mobin was promoted DIG last year whereas later it is mentioned that in 2013 he was serving as DIG Investigation Quetta..

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