From Raza Ruman
Islamabad (Pakdestiny) Pakistani analyst and commentator Zaid Hamid has been sentenced for eight years and 1,200 lashes for criticizing Saudi government, according to reports reaching here from the Saudi Kingdom.
According to reports, Hamid was arrested during a private visit to the Kingdom with his wife. He was apparently taken into custody after making speeches against the Saudi government.
“The Saudi kingdom has sentenced Hamid for eight years and 1,200 lashes for criticizing the Saudi government in a function over two weeks ago. He was arrested for his outburst against the Arabs. However, an official confirmation from the Saudi government has yet to come about his sentence,” an official said.
“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,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told a news briefing in Islamabad.
“Due to the efforts of the embassy, his wife was able to talk to him. Again, due to the efforts of the embassy, his wife will be able to meet with him on 30 June,” he said without giving further details.
Anchor Hamid Mir and some in Geo group must be very happy as Zaid Hamid’s favourite hobby was to target the anchor of the Capital Talk and Mir Shakilur Rehman on regular basis. Similarly, anchors Mubashir Lucman and Neelam Nawab have lost their ‘good friend’. Pakdestiny