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Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid
سید زید الزمان حامد
Born 14. March 1964 (1964-03-14) (age 54)[1]
Other names Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Political commentator
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni
Notable work(s) BrassTacks TV Series: Takmeel-e-Pakistan Movement
Website ZaidHamid.pk

Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid (Urdu: سید زید الزمان حامد‎), better known as Zaid Hamid, is a Pakistani political commentator.[2][3] His byline in newspaper articles has been Zaid Zaman.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Zaid was born in Karachi in 1964, to a Syed father from Bihar and a Kashmiri mother.[4] He is second of his four siblings. His father fought in the 1965 and 1971 wars.[5]

Political views[edit]

Through his TV programmes, Hamid has claimed that a nexus between RAW, Mossad and the CIA is responsible for the destabilization of Pakistan.[citation needed] 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 a false flag attack, which he accuses the September 11th Attacks of being.[2][3][6] He also opposes Ajit Doval, who is an Indian intelligence officer and is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Security Adviser.[citation needed]

Hamid believes that Prophet Muhammad had declared war on India, and claims that India will be "trounced and enslaved according to sharia if Hindus don’t repent and embrace Islam."[7]

Criticism[edit]

A number of Pakistani journalists, writers and Islamic scholars[8] have criticized Hamid and have described his views on politics and security as conspiracy theories.[9][10][11][12] Zaid Hamid has been criticised as xenophobic and accused of hate speech towards Hindus, Jews and Pashtuns.[13][14]

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.[15] 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."[15] 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.[15]

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."[15]

Arrest in Saudi Arabia[edit]

In June 2015, Hamid was arrested in Saudi Arabia after making speeches against the Saudi government. He was visiting the Kingdom on a private tour with family when he was arrested.[16]

On 1 July 2015 media sources began citing unconfirmed reports that Hamid has been sentenced to 8 years in prison, and 1,000 or 1,200 lashes, for criticizing the government in Saudi Arabia.[17][18] Media reports later claimed these reports about the sentence could not be verified.[19] The Pakistan embassy has officially requested consular access and information about the charges against Hamid.[20] He was released in the start of October 2015[21] due to lack of evidence and baseless allegation of spying for Iran.[22] Hamid alleges that the allegation of spying was hatched up by the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India's spy agency.[22]

Books and booklets[edit]

Urdu[edit]

  • Pākistān : ek ʻishq, ek junūn. Booklet describing account of freedom struggle for Pakistan.
  • Islām kā siyāsī taṣavvur : Pākistān men̲ maz̲habī o firqahvārānah tashaddud. Booklet on political thoughts in Islam, includes a brief history of sectarian violence in Pakistan from 1979-1996.
  • Dahshat gardī ke k̲h̲ilāf Amrīkī jang. Critical study of war on terror.
  • Hindū ṣaihūnīyat. Critical study of Pak-India relations from ancient times to 21st century.
  • Yahūdī aur ʻĪsāʼī Ṣaihūnīyat. Booklet on alleged Christian Jewish conspiracies against Muslims.
  • Maujūdah Pāk Afghān taʻalluqāt, ek tārīk̲h̲ almīyah. Historical study of Pakistan and Afghanistan relations; critical review.
  • Iqbal Purisrar. On the life and thought of Muhammad Iqbal.
  • Halqa-E-Yaran. On matters of spirituality, in the spirit of Ashfaq Ahmed.
  • Khilafat-e-Rashida. On the Rashidun caliphs, their system of governance and justice.

English[edit]

  • Mumbai : dance of the devil : Hindu Zionists, Mumbai attacks, and the Indian dossier against Pakistan
  • From Indus to Oxus : memoirs. Memoirs of author highlighting his role in Soviet-Afghan war, 1979-1989; includes his visits and meeting with Afghan leaders in Afghanistan during 1986-1992. Later translated into Urdu by himself as Daryā e Sindh sai daryā e Āmūtak : yād'dāshtīn̲.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amber Rahim Shamsi (9 May 2010). "Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up?". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Nandita Sengupta (8 December 2008). "Pak TV channel says 26/11 hatched by Hindu Zionists". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Hate speech -- II: The Pakistan report card". The International News. Karachi, Pakistan. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up - The Express Tribune". 
  5. ^ "Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up - The Express Tribune". 
  6. ^ "Educated and radical: Why Pakistan produces Faisal Shahzads". Christian Science Monitor. 10 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Khaled Ahmed (13 August 2015). "An Islamic superman". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Zaid Hamid Ki Haqeeqat
  9. ^ Gul Bukhari. "Clear and present danger". Dawn. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Nadeem F. Paracha (8 March 2012). "Declaring sanity". Dawn. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hate speech III – by Fasi Zaka (The News) « Zaid Zaman Hamid and a few hundred Zaidonists". Zaidonists.wordpress.com. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2013. [better source needed]
  12. ^ "Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up?". The Express Tribune. 
  13. ^ Nadeem F. Paracha (11 August 2009). "In defence of reason". Dawn. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  14. ^ Ludovica Iaccino (1 July 2015). "Saudi Arabia: Pakistan's controversial Zaid Hamid faces 1,000 lashes and 8 years in jail for criticising kingdom". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d Hasan Mansoor (21 November 2013). "Zaid Hamid accused of plotting to kill key figures". Dawn. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Zaid Hamid arrested in Saudi Arabia". The Express Tribune. 
  17. ^ "Zaid Hamid sentenced to 8 years, 1,000 lashes in Saudi Arabia: report". The Express Tribune. 
  18. ^ "Zaid Hamid reportedly sentenced to eight years prison, 1,200 lashes for criticising Saudi govt". Daily Pakistan Global. 
  19. ^ Shivam Vij (5 July 2015). "No, Zaid Hamid isn't getting Saudi lashes. Not yet". The Express Tribune. 
  20. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Islamabad, Pakistan". mofa.gov.pk. 
  21. ^ Mateen Haider (3 October 2015). "Zaid Hamid returns to Pakistan after KSA arrest". DAWN. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  22. ^ a b "REVEALED: Why was Zaid Hamid detained in Saudi Arabia?". dailypakistan.com.pk. 

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