LAHORE – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Pervez Rasheed said that the defense analyst Zaid Hamid’s speech caused ‘defamation of Pakistan’.
While addressing to participants of ceremony, Pervez Raheed expressed embarrassment over the defense analyst’s issue and said that Zaid Hamid’s issue promote wrong impression of Pakistan to the world.
Earlier, Saudi authorities have turned down a request from Pakistan embassy for allowing consular access to Zaid Hamid, who was jailed in Saudi Arabia few weeks ago.
A team from Counsel General Jeddah was denied access to Zaid Hamid in Medina, and was not allowed to meet the analyst.
Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said FO was unaware of the sentence given to Zaid Hamid and said it had not been confirmed by Saudi authorities.
He further said that with the efforts of the foreign ministry, Hamid’s wife has been able to meet him at Madinah prison.
Zaid Hamid was arrested by Saudi authorities three weeks ago for his controversial speech against Saudi Arabia.