Malik Saad was amongst the best and most well known civil servants of the country. After completing his degree in Civil engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, he had served in many civil departments but non-to his liking. After attempting and passing in the highly coveted Central Superior Services (CSS) Examinations, fate brought him into the police department where he earned the love and respect of the Nation, the public and the government. He was selected as squad leader for the UN Special Forces and was sent to Mozambique for seven months and had served as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) in a number of districts and departments.
He also served as Superintendent of Police(SP) in the extremely volatile Northern Frontier districts of Dir and Buner,the changes he brought about there are still seen today, which is why he is remembered by the people of Dir and Buner for his services there. Before leaving Buner after being posted to Dir, a huge crowd of over 1000 people gathered and blocked all paths out the city protesting his departure. On this occasion he spoke to the massive crowd saying it was not a matter of him staying or not, but was an order for his promotion and was his duty to follow.
After serving as DG CD&MD Malik Saad remained AIG General later renamed AIG Operations directly under the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for four years after developing differences with the then Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani as DG CD&MD. Still junior Malik Saad was offered a number of key posts from other departments, but he refused. For two months Malik Saad served as DIG of the Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) when he was needed once again to take charge of the field; ranked as Ad.IG (Additional Inspector General of Police) this time as CCPO Peshawar. He was unanimously chosen by the entire provincial hierarchy ahead of officers up to ten years his senior.
Still young Malik Saad was martyred in a suicide attack on 27 January 2007. Arguably one of the most respected individuals of his time; Malik Saad’s courage, determination, sense of morals and principles set a precedent for his colleagues, juniors and new inductees in the Police Service of Pakistan, particularly for those from his native province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Malik Saad was extremely popular amongst the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is fondly remembered as a legendary figure of sorts, especially in small towns and villages where tales of his heroic exploits and humanitarian deeds have become a significant part of folklore. His funeral was attended by over 200,000 people and his legacy remains an integral part of the history of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the Civil Services of Pakistan.