One of the most influential television and social media personalities in Pakistan, Zaid Hamid is a security consultant and strategic defence analyst by profession. He is also a popular political commentator, and is the founder of Brass Tacks, a Pakistani think tank on global politics. He hosts multiple, highly popular TV series on Geo-politics, Islamic philosophy, Muslim history, and Dr Iqbal’s vision for Pakistan. He maintains a huge audience within Pakistani society, with millions of followers on social media, especially among the youth and Armed Forces.
In 2015, he was arrested by Saudi authorities while on Umrah because of his opposition to the proposed Pakistani participation in the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. He was released shortly afterwards after aggressive intervention by Pakistani Army.