ISLAMABAD: A self-proclaimed security expert and propagandist Zaid Hamid was receiving Rs600,000 per month from the ISI and was hatching conspiracies not only against the democratic system but also against the army and judiciary.
This was revealed by one Emmad Khalid, who worked closely with Zaid Hamid for many years and also received money from the ISI on behalf of Zaid Hamid. The statement of Emmad Khalid was aired in ‘Capital Talk’, hosted by Hamid Mir on Geo News on Monday night.
Zaid Hamid is spreading his extremist ideology in the name of Islam and patriotism, but this is the first time that someone from his own ranks revolted and disclosed that this enemy of democracy was being patronized by some elements within ISI.
Hamid Mir started his show by saying that Geo offered Zaid Hamid to give his point of view, but he sent message “I am not interested”. Hamid Mir played some video statements of Zaid Hamid in which he was openly saying that Pakistan and democracy cannot exist together.
In one of his speeches just before the recent elections, Zaid Hamid said that “We must stop this election; we must not allow this election because this election will break Pakistan”.
He further said that Army and judiciary should throw out democracy because all the political parties are a threat to Pakistan. Zaid Hamid, particularly, declared the PPP, ANP and MQM as enemies of Pakistan and said that he wanted to establish Khilafat in Pakistan. He claimed that many Army officers are in his contact.
Hamid Mir mentioned that the MQM was a close ally of Musharraf, but Zaid Hamid never spoke against Musharraf because he was getting money from ISI when Musharraf was in power.
Hamid Mir also said that Pakistan was created by the struggle of a political party and Zaid Hamid had no right to say that all political parties were dirty.
Lawyer and columnist Babar Sattar condemned the statements made by Zaid Hamid and said that his anti-democracy views and incitement to violence is violation of many articles of the Constitution. He demanded that Zaid Hamid should be tried under treason charges.
Journalist Salim Safi said that former head of the ISI Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha made serious allegations on media in front of Abbottabad Commission, but he must explain why ISI was giving money to people like Zaid Hamid, who are pushing Pakistan towards a civil war.
Salim Safi demanded that judiciary and government must take action against all those who are declaring some journalists and media groups as traitors. He said that someone could kill me if I have been declared a traitor by someone who is a champion of patriotism.
Religious scholar Tahir Ashrafi discussed the complicated religious side of Zaid Hamid. He said that Zaid Hamid was a follower of Yousaf Kazzab, who was once convicted under blasphemy charges. He also cited a book written by Yousaf Kazzab in which he mentioned Zaid Hamid as his companion. Ashrafi said that he has proofs that Zaid Hamid called Yousaf Kazzab (God forbid) Abu Bakar Siddique. He said that after Tousaf Kazzab saga this man disappeared and then again appeared as Zaid Hamid instead of his previous name Zaid Zaman.
He claimed that he invited Zaid Hamid many times for a debate on his beliefs, but every time Zaid Hamid never turned up.
The views of Mufti Ghulam Sarwar Qadri and Mufti Muhammad Naeem about Zaid Hamid were also aired. Both declared him a liar and Gustakhe Rasool (blasphemer). Hamid Mir also discussed some allegations of Zaid Hamid against Geo TV and Jang Group. He showed the media commission report to his viewers and said that there is nothing against Geo TV in the recommendations of media commission, but Zaid Hamid is trying to twist the report according to his own agenda and saying on different TV channels that Geo is working for US and India.
Hamid Mir informed viewers that Geo and Jang served a legal notice to Zaid Hamid and demanded a public apology from him; otherwise, further legal action will be taken against him.
Hamid Mir also rejected the claims of Zaid Hamid that it was Geo which disclosed that Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani. Hamid Mir showed some old clips of Geo TV after the Mumbai attacks and said that Geo tried its best to respond to the Indian propaganda against Pakistan. He claimed that citizenship of Ajmal Kasab was first disclosed by a British newspaper, and then Pakistani media followed. He said it may be a possibility that Ajmal Kasab was hired by some anti-Pakistan elements and they used him against his own country.
At this stage, Tahir Ashrafi said that may be Zaid Hamid is also a new kind of Ajmal Kasab hired by some enemies and using him to spread hatred against democracy, judiciary, Army and media.
During the show, a lot of viewers demanded through SMS messages that the govt must take action against the anti-democracy activities of Zaid Hamid and expose all those elements that were providing him money from national exchequer.
Source: The News