|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (May 2009)|
|Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid
سید زید الزمان حامد
|Born||14 March 1964|
|Other names||Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid|
|Known for||BrassTacks TV Series: Takmeel-e-Pakistan Movement|
Early life and education
Zaid was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1964. His father, Lt Col. Zaman Hamid (Retd), served in the Pakistan Army. Zaid spent his early life in Karachi. He received a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Computer Systems Engineering from NED University, Karachi in 1980's.
Through his TV programmes, Hamid has claimed that a nexus between RAW, Mossad and the CIA is responsible for the destabilization of Pakistan. He also claims that the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, were part of a plan hatched by "Hindu Zionists"", and that it was an attempt by the Indians to stage an attack just like the Americans executed the September 11 attacks. . He is also very vocal and critical about Ajit Doval, who is an Indian intelligence officer and is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Security Adviser. He criticizes Doval of being over confident and shameless.
Support for Afghan Taliban
Zaid has argued:
- Sikhs in the Indian Punjab are secretly Muslims whose allegiance lies with Pakistan
- The adoption of the gold standard was a Zionist plot
- Suicide bombers in Pakistan are actually Hindus because they are uncircumcised
- The flag of Pakistan will fly atop Delhi Fort very soon
- The nuclear weapons of non-Muslim countries will either become unusable or explode on their own territories
- The 2008 Mumbai attacks were hatched by “Hindu Zionists” just as the 9/11 attacks were planned by “Western Zionists”
- The dead bodies of Pakistan’s elected leaders will hang on poles in Islamabad, like what was done with Dr Najibullah in Afghanistan
Hamid first gained recognition in Pakistan for a TV show, Brasstacks, that aired on NewsOne. Hamid critiqued the capitalist system that had led the world to many wars. His series on "Economic Terrorism" was well received.
A number of Pakistani journalists, writers and Islamic scholars have criticized Hamid and have described his views on politics and security as conspiracy theories. Zaid Hamid has been criticised as xenophobic and hate speech towards Hindus, Jews and even Pashtuns.
On 20-November-2013, Imaad Khalid; a former staff member of Zaid Hamid, revealed at a press conference, that Zaid Hamid was plotting to assassinate Pro-democracy Army Chief, Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. He showed Media the emails that he claims were sent by Zaid Hamid to different Army Officers asking them for a revolt against their own chief. He said "Zaid Hamid is a quisling and enemy of Islam and Pakistan, who had plotted unsuccessfully to assassinate the pro-democracy army chief Gen Kayani." Khalid further claimed that Zaid's hit list also contained the names of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and others from the media and the judiciary.
Responding to the allegations Zaid Hamid wrote on Twitter, "Pak Army (Pakistan Army) is an extremely professional org. Anyone contacting thousands of officers for rebellion against COAS cannot survive," in another tweet he wrote, "Imaad was our team member who suddenly became hostile in April & joined the enemies."
In June 2015, Zaid Hamid was arrested in Saudi Arabia after making speeches against the Saudi government. Hamid was visiting the Kingdom on a private tour with family when he was arrested.
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- Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up - Express Tribune
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- Zaid Hamid arrested in Saudi Arabia - Express Tribune
- Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid
- BrassTacks website
- Zaid Hamid's book on alternate political mode 'Khilafat e Rashida'
- Zaid Hamid's book introducing Allama Iqbal to the youth of Pakistan 'Iqbal pur Israr'
- Zaid Hamid's book on spirituality and Ishq e Rasul SAW 'Halqa e Yaraan'