Profile: Who was Naveed Sadiq?

Aamir Tariq 02:15 AM | 31 Jan, 2023
Profile: Who was Naveed Sadiq?

Naveed Sadiq was unanimously acknowledged and recognized as one of the most highly trained, diligent and skilled officers of Pakistan's premier spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). He was equipped with modern intelligence craft, gifted with exemplary bravery and had served his country with grit and dexterity as a security personnel.

Naveed, one of the gallant soldiers of Pakistan who laid his life in the service of motherland, spent a lifetime of his youth, almost two decades in Inter-Services Intelligence and wrote a glorious chapter in the history of agency with his sweat and blood. No doubt, he was a rare combination of audacity, wisdom, intelligence and humanity by all means. He was murdered on 3rd January 2023 in a gun attack by a terrorist in Khanewal, Southern Punjab.

Naveed Sadiq, director at the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and his comrade Inspector Nasir Abbas were murdered in a gun attack by a terrorist, identified as Umar Khan s/o Muhammad Akram Khan, at Bismillah Restaurant on the National Highway in Pirowal, Khanewal.

After this high-value assassination, a relatively unknown terrorist group calling itself Lashkar-e-Khorasan immediately claimed responsibility. On the contrary, within hours, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) cast doubts on the claim with its spokesperson Muhammad Khorasni saying the deadly attack was carried out by a “secret squad” of the TTP.

Surprisingly, Khorasni cited a “delay in information from the ground” as the reason for the delay in the TTP’s credit claim. Both the claims, however, appeared to be doubtful and vague because the suspected attacker, who earlier had tea with the two officials at the restaurant, was an “intelligence source” on al Qaeda terrorist group. Eventually, it is suspected that he might have been a double agent who was assigned to perform this task. 

According to the FIR of this dismal incident, “They walked to the parking after having tea when the ‘source’ suddenly pulled out a gun and shot the ISI officers. After the deadly shooting, he escaped on a motorcycle." Despite technological advancement, it is still a standard practice for secret agencies and intelligence members to cultivate sources among terrorist networks to frustrate their plans.

Naveed Sadiq won several laurels for his gallantry and highly productive targets as intelligence officer. Significantly, he was decorated with Sitara-e-Shujaat – Pakistan’s second highest civil award – to acknowledge his innate valour and courage by President Arif Alvi at a special Investiture Ceremony held at the Presidency in March 2021.

As a matter of rarity, ISI Director General Lt-Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum, who keeps a low profile, travelled to Lahore to join other senior military officials and government functionaries at the funeral of the martyred intelligence officials and to console the bereaved family. This was the second public appearance of the top spymaster after his unusual press conference, where he was flanked by former DG ISPR Babar Iftikhar.

A glance at Naveed Sadiq’s distinguished professional career shows he joined the police force as a sub-inspector in 2002. After appearing for a high-level exam in 2009, he was appointed to the ISI, the premier intelligence agency of the country, as Assistant Director. During his tenure, the spy agency official exposed key networks of the banned outfits. After months of efforts, he gained access to the high command of terrorist group Daesh. Lately, he was an officer Commanding of ISI’s counter-terrorism department for Multan Region. Apart of this sensitive designation, he had served the premier intelligence agency for more than 16 years. 

Peeping into his glorious past heroics, we come to know that Naveed Sadiq conducted successfully multiple operations against Daesh and al Qaeda across Punjab. During the war against terrorism, he became a terrorists’ nightmare. He had singlehandedly defeated Daesh, especially in Punjab. On the night between January 14 and 15, 2021, Naveed Sadiq successfully traced the residence of Daesh’s deputy commander in Faisalabad and conducted a raid along with his team. He was an officer of extreme gallantry who neutralised the terrorists after a fierce encounter.

In Gujranwala, Naveed Sadiq bravely fought the terrorists on suicide bombing mission. He and his team risked their lives and successfully took the two suicide bombers out of the densely populated areas of the city before neutralising them. In another operation at Multan, he was the linchpin of operations against Daesh, al Qaeda, and other terrorist outfits in South Punjab. He had a very deep ingress in terrorist organisations through a source network which facilitated a number of counterterrorism operations. For this very reason, the brave son of the soil, who always fought on the front, was on the hit-list of terrorist organisations.

Apart from these valiant acts, he tracked down the network involved in the abduction of Ali Haider Gilani, the son of former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani. He also broke the network of a banned organisation that had martyred two officers of his own unit, Inspector Umar Mubin Jilani and Sub-Inspector Yasir. Presently, the martyred official’s wife is serving as the deputy director in the counter-terrorism wing. The brave son of the soil, as was dubbed by his fellow personnel, conducted multiple operations against Daesh/Al-Qaeda across Punjab.

In short, he started his career as fighter and died as a soldier of the soil. To commemorate and acknowledge the selfless and gallant sacrifices, PM of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif recently announced conferring a civil award upon Naveed Sadiq.

On January 30, the militant, who was involved in the killing of Naveed Sadiq, shot himself dead when security officials stopped him at a checkpoint in Thal, southern Punjab

Aamir Tariq
Aamir Tariq

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on April 01, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on April 01 , 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.6 286.65
Euro EUR 308 311
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 77.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.5 76.5
Australian Dollar AUD 187.5 189.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 754.25 762.25
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.7
China Yuan CNY 41.16 41.56
Danish Krone DKK 41.49 41.89
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.11 36.46
Indian Rupee INR 3.45 3.56
Japanese Yen JPY 2.25 2.3
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 924.86 933.86
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.14 64.73
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.37 178.38
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.16 27.46
Omani Riyal OMR 736.57 144.51
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR


Singapore Dollar SGD 209.5 211.5
Swedish Korona SEK 27.35 27.65
Swiss Franc CHF 310.26


Thai Bhat THB 8.29 8.44

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 01 April 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 209,000 on Saturday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs179,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Karachi PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Islamabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Peshawar PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Quetta PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sialkot PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Attock PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujranwala PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Jehlum PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Multan PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Bahawalpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Gujrat PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nawabshah PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Chakwal PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Hyderabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Nowshehra PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Sargodha PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Faisalabad PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525
Mirpur PKR 209,000 PKR 2,525


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