Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid also called Zaid Hamid, is a Pakistani political commentator. In June 2015, Hamid was arrested in Saudi Arabia after making speeches against the Saudi government. He was going to the Kingdom on a private visit with his family when he was arrested.On 1 July 2015 media sources started referring to unverified reports that Hamid has been condemned to 8 years in jail, and 1,000 or 1,200 lashes, for censuring the government in Saudi Arabia. Media reports later guaranteed these reports about the sentence were a hoax. The Pakistan embassy has formally asked for consular information about the charges against Hamid. He was discharged in the start of October 2015 because of lack of proof and baseless allegation of spying for Iran.
“In the most recent of his famously staggering claims, theories and demands, self-proclaimed ‘defence analyst’ and TV personality Zaid Hamid has expressed his desire to see the white strip symbolizing minorities removed from the national flag of Pakistan”.
Making his desires known through social media platform twitter, Hamid tweeted what appears to be a pre-partition picture of young Muslim League workers hoisting a party flag. The picture is accompanied by the words.
“Have you noticed that original Muslim league flag was pure Green under which we fought for Pakistan & gained our freedom. Should bring back.”
In this contemporary circumstances minorities in Pakistan officially under risk and standard casualties of ostracisation, brutality and abuse, in the country such propagation serve only to create and solidify extremists and intolerant opinions that have taken root in the minds of Hamid’s target audience: the young and impressionable.
Despite the clearly threatening message being sent out by Zaid Hamid, another alarming feature was any lack of apology, which although nothing new, is still equally worrying. When questioned by a number of people, Hamid made a follow-up tweet with a picture of Quaid e Azam, writing “We are NOT going to be apologetic here. Quaid & Iqbal fought for survival of Islamic identity. Minorities are protected part under Islam
In saying these things, Hamid is clearly overlooking that the Quaid had himself insisted not only on minorities being represented in the national flag,, yet additionally approached time and again for the aggregate proportion of green to white to be expanded. His tweets also undermine the efforts of all the non-muslim pre-partition workers of the league and the many contributions made by minority Pakistanis since the nation’s inception.
However, as all good modern day Pakistani ‘analysts,’ Hamid seems to have an answer for everything. Answering the many queries made to him, he said about the Quaid e Azam’s role in the flag “he did…but he did many things under doctrine of necessity at that time.Like accepting Dominion status temporarily, British officers etc.” As to the services of non-muslims to Pakistan, Hamid added that “Does not mean we keep allocating part of our flag to them. In our glorious history, we have always protected minorities under our banner.”
Once again one is made to question Hamid given that the Quaid had no reason to compromise on the flag, and also why Hamid insists on snatching the one solid piece of identity left to minorities in favour of “protecting them under Islam.” It also seems necessary to remind Hamid that both Jinnah and Gandhi at the time of World War Two expressed their solidarity with the British (with the exception of the Quit India Movement), and affirmed that the subcontinent would have dominion status post-independence.
With his boisterous claims and inexplicable demands, anyone would question Hamid’s grasp on history. And even more, his credibility as a ‘defence analyst,’ given he is giving rise to the exact opposite of defence by instigating hate.
A humble request to Mr, Zaid Hamid Sahib, Please do not disrespect the presence and right of minorities in Pakistan, even before you were born, the minorities had been an active part in the development of this region.