Saudi Arabia has granted eight years sentence with 1,000 lashes to Pakistani political analyst Zaid Hamid over criticising the Kingdom of Arabia.
Hamid was detained during a private visit to the Saudi Arabia about a month ago apparently over making hateful speeches against the Saudi government.
According to the Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah’s news briefing of last week in Islamabad, the Pakistani embassy in Riyadh had informed him that Zaid was arrested about two weeks ago. The embassy had been working with the local authorities to get consular access.
It was reported that Hamid laid into Saudi Arabia over the Yemen crisis and also made a charge against them for giving financial add to Al-Qaeda and ISIS in the region.
During this excursion to the Kingdom, the controversial defence analyst was accompanied with his second wife Tayyaba Bukhari. After his detention, his wife strove to get her husband out of all this but the latest she had to leave Saudi territory as her visa limits came to an end and she arrived Pakistan.
Zaid Hamid is one of those analysts who always boast and emphasise on patriotism. He is famous and followed by many Pakistanis due to his blunt stance against Indian spy agency Research & Analysis Wing (RAW)’s involvement in the country. Zaid used to be open against every element that could undermine the country.