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UPDATED: Zaid Hamid sentenced to 8-year in prison, lashes in Saudi Arabia — social media reacts

KARACHI: A Saudi court has sentenced Pakistani defence analyst Zaid Hamid to eight years in prison for his hard-hitting criticism on the Arab country reportedly over Yemen conflict, ARY News reported.

According to reports, Mr. Hamid will also be given lashes. Some reports say that the Pakistani analyst will get 1,000 lashes alongside eight years of imprisonment.


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Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry confirms Zaid Hamid’s arrest in Saudi Arabia

– Pakistani twitterati voice support for Zaid Hamid


Mr. Hamid was detained by Saudi authorities during his private visit to the Kingdom. Reports suggest that he made speeches against the Saudi government at a function two weeks ago and was arrested for lashing out against Arabs.

Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah, responding to a question today, denied knowledge of the sentence given to Zaid Hamid and said it had not been confirmed by Saudi authorities.

The spokesperson further said that with the efforts of the foreign ministry, Hamid’s wife has been able to talk to him.

On June 26, the Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan had confirmed the arrest of defense analyst Zaid Hamid in Saudi Arabia. In a statement emailed to Arynews.tv, the FO had said the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh was trying to get consular access to him.

The FO spokesman Qazi Khalilullah during a press briefing confirmed the arrest of Mr. Hamid, saying, “Our Embassy in Riyadh has informed us that Mr. Zaid Hamid was arrested about two weeks ago. Since then, the Embassy has been working with the local authorities to get consular access.”

He told that due to the diplomatic efforts, Hamid’s wife was able to talk to him.

 

Who is Zaid Hamid?

 

Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid is a political commentator and defence analyst in Pakistan. He appears on different TV talk shows and regularly subjects Indian spy Agency Research Analysis Wing (RAW) for fomenting violence and sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.

A number of Pakistani journalists, civil society members, writers and Islamic scholars have criticized Hamid and described his views on politics and security as “conspiracy theories”.

 

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