Zaid Hamid's Arrest: Pakistan Foreign Office has Approached Saudi Government

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 03 July 2015 22:34

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked Saudi Arabia for consular access to analyst and commentator Zaid Hamid, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.  

“Pakistan embassy has approached the Saudi authorities to confirm the sentence awarded to him and has also asked for consular access to Zaid Hamid,” Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said, during his weekly press briefing in Islamabad.

On Wednesday, media reports suggested Hamid has been sentenced for eight years in jail and 1,000 lashes by a Saudi court for criticising the Saudi government. The analyst was arrested in the kingdom last week during a private visit.

On June 26, the Foreign Office confirmed Hamid had been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

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