Zaid Hamid released by Saudi Arabia, back in Pakistan

12:55 PM | 3 Oct, 2015
Zaid Hamid released by Saudi Arabia, back in Pakistan
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Pakistan's renowned defence analyst Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid has been released by Suadi Arabian authorities and he is back in Pakistan, said his Facebook official page on Saturday.

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The post said that Zaid Hamid was released without being charged with any offence and reached back home honourably last night.

It further said that Hamid will not be making any statement to media in near future as he is currently resting and needs some time in privacy. He will soon resume his activities after few days.

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Allahu Akbar !!! Alhamdolillah Kaseera !!Sir Zaid Hamid is back in Pakistan with dignity and in good health. Released...

Posted by Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid [Official] on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sources close to Hamid claimed that Pakistani security agencies and foreign office officials played key in his release. Pakistan's strong stance pushed Saudi authorities to change their mind about convicting him for the charges of hate speech.

Earlier there were rumours circulating online that Zaid Hamid was possibly killed during his detention Saudi Arabia.

However the family of the renowned analyst has dismissed the claims saying that "he is in good health and people should not listen to any propaganda news of his death."

Dear Pakistani Patriots,Honourable Zaid Hamid sb is Alhamdolillah absolutely fine, protected, and in good health....

Posted by Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid [Official] on Thursday, October 1, 2015

Editor investigation/anchorperson ARY News, Asad Kharal tweeted on September 30 that Hamid may have been killed in custody of Saudi Arabia during the time of Mina tragedy.

He tweeted the whereabouts of the famous commentator:

Read: Zaid Hamid arrested in Saudi Arabia, confirms Foreign office

Previously, Hamid was arrested during a private visit to the Kingdom with his wife in June. He was reportedly taken into custody after making speeches against the Saudi government.

Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah told a news briefing in Islamabad “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.”

Saudi Arabia had granted consular access to Zaid Hamid after initial refusal which was followed by the media reports that he had been sentenced for eight years in prison and 1,200 lashes for criticizing Saudi government.

However further reports said that Zaid Hamid was not convicted of any offence in Saudi Arabia and that Pakistani security agencies were continuously in contact with royal authorities for his earliest release. According to Hamid’s Facebook official page he was currently was in process to get released.

It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that Zaid Hamid is often dubbed as close to Pakistani military establishment, who is time and again seen holding foreign intelligence agencies including Indian RAW, Israeli Mosad and American CIA responsible for worsening law and order situation in Pakistan.

According to him country's top militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is actually a proxy of anti-Pakistan countries. He also leads a local organisation that is struggling for the restoration Islamic Khilafah inside Pakistan.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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