‘We will plant Pakistan’s flag on Delhi’s Red Fort’

Islamabad: Zaid Hamid has rock star status in Pakistan. He is fawned upon, venerated and even worshipped as the messiah, who will lead Pakistan from the depths of hell. But music is not his forte. Wild and absurd conspiracy theories, real and imagined wrongs done to Pakistan and the Muslim world, and a rabid dislike nay hatred of all things Indian, American and Jewish are his calling cards.
His ultimate and stated goal: “To plant the flag of Pakistan on the Red Fort in Delhi” and to “ensure that Pakistan inherits its rightful place at the helm of the Islamic world.” Gems like these are strewn across the cyber world.
In TV studios, in public meetings, public blogs on the Web, and more recently in a series of lectures across Pakistan’s universities titled “Wake Up Pakistan,” quoting poet philosopher Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah and Quranic texts, Hamid is one of a growing band of conspiracy theorists and demagogues in Pakistan. The list includes Farhat Hashmi, Aamir Liaqat, Ahmed Quraishi, Munawar Hussain, among others.

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