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REVEALED: Why was Zaid Hamid detained in Saudi Arabia?

01:23 PM | 12 Oct, 2015
REVEALED: Why was Zaid Hamid detained in Saudi Arabia?
LAHORE (Staff Report) - Finally, Pakistan’s renowned defence analyst Syed Zaid Zaman Hamid has shared the details of his over three-month detention by Saudi authorities.

“Saudi government arrested me because they were told by agents of Indian spy agency RAW that I am an Iranian spy,” Mr Hamid wrote on his official Facebook account on Monday morning.

The allegation was serious and Saudis had to do their own investigations to know the truth, he added.

j3“My picture with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and my two official visits to Iran were given to Saudis as evidence that I am an Iranian agent.

“Also, my TV program on DIN News in which I had strongly opposed sending Pakistani troops to Yemen were exploited as evidence that I work for Iranian govt. This was the trap set for me."

Read more: Zaid Hamid released by Saudi Arabia, back in Pakistan

When Mr Hamid reached Saudi Arabia, the RAW agents were already present there to set the trap. They informed the Saudis and then the Saudis launched a massive investigation to know his credentials and within weeks knew that all the allegations were false.

“The demands by Indian government that I should be handed over to India also alarmed the Saudis that something is wrong here. If I was an Iranian agent, why India was so interested that I should be handed over to India,” Mr Hamid says.

His wife played a key role in negotiating with the Saudis and giving them evidence that Mr Hamid is a patriot Pakistani and not the Iranian agent.

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“Our resistance to sending Pak troops to Yemen was based on our love for Pakistan and Ummah and not because we served Iranian interests,” Mr Hamid writes.

According to Mr Hamid, the statements by Pakistani ministers of PML-N government against him created more confusion in the minds of Saudis that delayed his release. “I was not helped by PML-N government at all.

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

“But once Saudis were satisfied that I was not an Iranian spy, I was released with dignity and respect. Ramazan, Eid holidays and then Hajj vacations delayed the release but finally after Hajj we were sent back with dignity on exit stamp, not deported.”

Earlier, Pakistani officials 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,” the official sources said last month.

Read more: Saudi officials refuse Pakistan access to Zaid Hamid

Mr Hamid went on to say that if he were an Iranian spy, the Saudis would have never released him within weeks nor let him go with dignity. They would rather have hanged or deported him otherwise. “Spies in Saudi Arabia are NOT released at all!” Mr Hamid says.

He also clarified the controversies surrounding his wife, Ms Tayyaba, who was confused with Khanum Tayyaba Bokhari, a Shia scholar who appears on TV programmes. “This is again a deliberate lie being spread to prove that we are Iranian agents. My wife stayed in Medina throughout even when her visa was expired and the Saudi govt did not deport her either.”

Zaid Hamid has also vowed soon to expose the “snakes, traitors and enemies” involved in this sinister conspiracy.

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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 the 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 caliphate inside Pakistan.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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