Flashback May 11: Rogue ISI and the real Zaid Hamid

Published: May 11, 2012

Flashback is an experimental feature looking back at the top articles on this date featured on The Express Tribune website.

May 11, 2011

Bin Laden in Pakistan: ‘Rogue ISI, army men may have known of hideout’

Former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf has said that it is possible that rogue members of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the military knew of Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad.

“As a policy, the army and the ISI are fighting terrorism and extremism, al Qaeda and the Taliban. But rogue elements within are a possibility,” Musharraf said in an interview with ABC News Chief Law and Justice Correspondent Chris Cuomo.

Prayers for Bin Laden in National Assembly

Parliamentarians were stunned on Tuesday when a lawmaker led prayers for al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, defying calls from Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi that he needed permission to do so.

At the National Assembly session, Maulvi Asmatullah, an independent candidate from NA-264 stood up and said Bin Laden had reportedly been given funeral services by the Americans and “we should pray for him”.

The prayer service hardly lasted a minute in which two JUI-F legislators from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, former federal minister Attaur Rehman and Laiq Muhammad Khan, participated.

May 11, 2010

Sania Mirza set to rock Pakistani ads

Pakistani advertising agencies are busy doing consumer research for their clients to gauge Sania Mirza’s acceptability as their brand ambassador, a report of the Economic Times stated.

Both Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik seem to be the flavour of the season for Pakistani companies.

Will the real Zaid Hamid please stand up?

In a sense, he is the Pakistan version of Harun Yahya, the Turkish creationist and one-man marketing machine. Like Yahya, Hamid has his share of enemies and legal troubles; like Yahya, the sources of his funding and backing are rumoured to have an agenda; like Yahya, he often romanticises the past in the face of a changed contemporary context.

That is where the similarities end, however. Where Harun Yahya is on a crusade against Darwinism and evolutionary biology, pitting religion against science, Zaid Hamid’s vision is a martial, conquering, unified Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Batman
    May 11, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Why are ET secularists/atheists so obsessed with Zaid Hamid?


  • Ms Marium
    May 11, 2012 - 4:14PM

    He is the killer of many renowned Islamists .. one of them were Maulana Saeed Ahmed Jalal Puri .. hate you Mr.Zaid Hamid!


  • zindabad
    May 11, 2012 - 4:59PM

    real lion from pakistan


  • faraz
    May 11, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Pakistans leading conspiracy theorist; dumber the better.


  • Concerned
    May 11, 2012 - 5:35PM

    ZH has been a source of great entertainment for Indians. Hope ET will publish an article on real ZH soon.


  • Yaida M
    May 11, 2012 - 5:47PM

    “A lawmaker led a prayer for Al-qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in Parliament…”
    Isn’t it time Pakistan dropped the pretense? At least then, there might be secret funds available to it from other sympathetic nations. Right now, this fence-sitting has earned it the worst of both worlds.


  • Faraz
    May 11, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Mr Zaid Hamid would make a great fiction writer! Amazing conspiracy theories! (not to mention, no substance in them at all!)


  • Utkarsh
    May 11, 2012 - 6:53PM

    It’s not just atheists/secularists. It’s all decent people with a brain who are amazed at how one man can sway the masses with lies and hot air.


  • Mirza
    May 11, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Great entertainment for the world. We make the whole world laugh! At least we are good at something.


  • DB
    May 12, 2012 - 12:11AM

    90% of the audience for Zahid Hamid are the liberal secularists. He has them in the palm of his hands.


  • pakistanibaloch
    May 12, 2012 - 11:00AM

    i love this man ..the real hero ….


  • Hamda
    May 13, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Why they are daring to terrorises the whole country? Where is law?Recommend

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