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July 2, 2017

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Zaid Hamid remains absent from court

Zaid Hamid remains absent from court

KARACHI: The sessions court has started the final legal proceedings against self-proclaimed and ‘so-called’ defence analyst Zaid Hamid to declare him ‘wanted’. The proceedings against him have been initiated on the following grave charges: levelling false, baseless allegations against the Geo/Jang Group and labelling the Geo/Jang Group as Indian agents. Zaid Hamid falsely accused the Geo/Jang Group of taking funds from India for ‘Aman Ki Asha’ and ‘Zara Sochiye’.

The court has ordered the investigation officer of this case to stick court orders at Zaid Hamid’s Rawalpindi residence. The court has also ordered to read aloud the court notices against Zaid Hamid near his home. The investigation officer has been advised to fulfil the court orders until August 5, 2017.

On the other hand, the court has accepted the absence application of the other defendant in this case, Mubasher Lucman.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (South) Rajesh Chandar Rajput on Saturday heard the case application filed by the Geo/Jang Group against Zaid Hamid and Mubasher Lucman for levelling false accusations against the group in the case and wrongly labelling Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief Jang Group of Newspapers Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman as an Indian agent. The plaintiff had presented its report in the case for declaring Zaid Hamid ‘wanted’; and the plaintiff also presented all the newspapers in which advertisements against Zaid Hamid were published. The investigation officer also presented the report for declaring Zaid Hamid ‘wanted’. Following this, the court questioned the investigation officer if he had completed the process for declaring a person ‘wanted’, which included: sticking the court orders on the notice board of court, sticking court’s orders in front of the residence of the accused and reading aloud the court orders near the residence of accused.

In return, the investigation officer said that he had only put up the court orders on the court’s notice board. The court, then, ordered that the following two steps must be completed before the next hearing in order to declare the accused a ‘wanted’ person.

On this hearing, the other person who levelled fake allegations against the Geo/Jang Group, Mubasher Lucman, was not able to show up. Lucman’s lawyer appeared before the court and filed an application for his absence, which was approved by the court and the hearing was postponed until August 5, 2017.

It is worth-mentioning here that self-proclaimed defence analyst Zaid Hamid is on the run from the court after levelling false and baseless allegations against the Geo/Jang Group. Hamid is continuously ignoring court notices and is not ready to face the court. He is not ready to appear before the court to defend the false allegations, which he levelled against the Jang/Geo Group.

As a result, the local court has started legal proceedings to declare Zaid Hamid a ‘wanted’ person. The court has already issued advertisements against Zaid Hamid in newspapers. As per the details, Zaid Hamid and Mubasher Lucman had levelled false and baseless allegations against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. In this regard, an application was filed in the sessions court for legal proceedings against Zaid Hamid. The application adopted the stance that Zaid Hamid called himself a so-called ‘defence analyst’, while he was an extremely non-serious and non-reliable person.

In this application, the court was told that on January 1, 2010, Geo and Jang Group started a campaign, ‘Aman Ki Asha’, in collaboration with the Times of India. The aim of this campaign was to bring both countries (Pakistan and India) and its people closer, create a path for flourishing peace and make mutual efforts to uphold peace in the region. This campaign got national and international acclaim. The Geo and Jang Group also started a campaign, ‘Zara Sochiye’, to curb social injustices from Pakistan. This campaign was started to bring a positive change in the Pakistani society because social injustices had compartmentalised the entire society into various groups.

It was also mentioned in the application that these campaigns were completely non-profit and non-commercial, targeting to bring social reforms and making efforts to uphold peace. For ‘Aman Ki Asha’, no country—not even India—had provided financial support to the Geo and Jang Group. However, the positive endeavours of the Geo and Jang Group were targeted by negative groups to do propaganda against these campaigns.

‘Self-proclaimed’ defence analyst Zaid Hamid levelled false and baseless allegations against the Geo and Jang Group and started a campaign against them. Hamid not only used the conventional media to fan the flames of negativity against the Geo and Jang Group, but he also used Facebook and other social media avenues to accuse the group of obtaining funds from India to do these campaigns.

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