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Zaid Hamid Profile

Zaid Hamid Profile

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Zaid Hamid Profile
Last sentence… BrassTacks core values:“We will take the lead in showing the world how Islamic principles are the most practical anduseful for human development, and how the only way forward for humanity lies in adoptingthem.”
Introduction
 Mr. Zaid Hamid is a security consultant and strategic defense analyst. He is the founder of BrassTacks, a unique Pakistani think-tank devoted to the study of regional and global politicalevents and their implications for Pakistan's security and interests. As an expert on the subject,he is frequently invited to speak on national television networks. He has his own dedicatedprogram called "BrassTacks with Zaid Hamid" on the News1 channel, where he skillfully knitstogether the undercurrents of apparently disconnected global events, and builds a larger perspective regarding the threats we face, and where our true national interests lie. Thisprogram has pioneered a new trend in current affairs programming in Pakistan. Owing to thetremendous appreciation received by this educational program series, a number of people haveexpressed interest in learning more about Mr. Zaid Hamid. We present below a brief overview of his personal life, interests and expertise.
Early Life & Afghan War 
 Early in his youth when Mr. Zaid Hamid started his graduate degree, the Muslim Ummah waschallenged by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – a landmark event that started Mr. Zaid’scareer as a soldier and a mujahid. Staking his life and career, he signed up as a volunteer in theAfghan war, and actively participated in the jihad right up to the liberation of Kabul. Over all, Mr.Zaid has spent more than six years of active participation in the jihad. Due to his being a blackbelt second dan of the Shotokan martial art, coupled with his charismatic leadership qualities andin-depth familiarity with modern weapons (which he inherited from his father, a distinguishedveteran of the ‘65 war), Mr. Zaid quickly became a notable contributor in the Afghan jihad.It was through this firsthand participation in the finest guerilla operations of the time that hegained his valuable insights and expertise in irregular warfare, counter insurgency, low and highintensity conflicts, and strategic war planning. His travels in Afghanistan allowed him to networkwith a number of key figures of the jihad from both Afghanistan and Pakistan, and gave him hisunique insight into the psyche of the Afghan people, the political undercurrents of the region, theinside story of the whole operation, as well as the role of the CIA and other clandestine agenciesin the Great Game.To top it all, he still managed to visit the university campus every now and then and completed hisComputer Systems Engineering degree.
Professional Profile
 After the war Mr. Zaid started his career as a security professional, covering subjects likeelectronic security solutions, security systems design, and the training of security personnel. Hisyears in the war significantly contributed to sharpening his expertise in perceiving security threatsand developing successful counter measures. After a successful stint as Area Head of the
 
Security Alarms Systems division of an eminent security company, he launched his own privateconsulting company called BrassTacks Security in the late 1990s. This company specializes incorporate security systems design, security systems audit, and security intelligence reporting.You can learn more about it on the corporate website www.brasstacks.biz.
Education & Training
 With his backpack full of books even in the barren hills of Afghanistan, Mr. Zaid has always livedby the Prophet’s (pbuh) instruction; to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. Even todayhe considers himself a student, and is ever willing to learn from others as well as teach what hehas learnt and experienced. As one converses with him, in one’s own choice of the fivelanguages that he speaks, one quickly realizes the depth and breadth of his knowledge on topicsrelated to religion, philosophy, world history and military subjects. In particular, he is passionateabout Islam and possesses extensive knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah, as well as Islamicpolitical history, Islamic social and economic history, and the mechanisms and foundations of Muslims’ economic and social achievements. He has in-depth comprehension of topicsconcerning contemporary issues of the Muslim world and practical steps in reclaiming our lostglory.In his quest for learning from his elders, Mr. Zaid has had personal acquaintances with manyeminent authors, thinkers and scholars of our time. He is strongly inspired by the thoughts of Wasif Ali Wasif and Ashfaq Ahmad. He has also traveled to many different countries and regions,including his numerous visits to the Hjiaz-e-Muqaddas, Turkey, and other friendly Muslimcountries.Mr. Zaid is himself a prolific writer and the author of dozens of published articles and handbookson different defense and security related issues, and appears regularly on mainstream media asan analyst on various security and defense matters. His views on security issues especially aretaken as authority by clients including multinationals, the Government of Pakistan, and embassiesof friendly countries.
Religious Affiliations
 A number of people question us about the religious affiliations of Mr. Zaid. As true Muslims, of course, the ideal role model for us all is the Prophet (pbuh).After him, in order to understand Zaid Hamid's religious view points, if there is any other person inwhom we can say Mr. Zaid believes and whose ideology he follows, then it is Hz. Allama Iqbal.Mr. Zaid has extensively read the revolutionary philosophy of Iqbal and his message of Islamicunity and Muslim renaissance, and strongly believes in practically following Iqbal’s teachings of ‘Ishq-e-Rasool’ and ‘Khudi’. Like Iqbal, Mr. Zaid dismisses the factional and sectarian divisionsamong Muslims, and advocates for the Ummah to rise above its differences and meet the greater challenges that we collectively face.Butaan-e-rang o khoon koe tore kar millat mein gum hoe jaNa Toorani rahe baqi, na Irani, na Afghani
 
Other than promoting the following of the pristine message of Islam as brought by the Prophet(pbuh), Mr. Zaid has absolutely no affiliations with any political, sectarian or religious group oparty.
BrassTacks Think-Tank
 Throughout his life of jihad, self-development and learning, the issues of Islamic renaissance andthe resurgence of Pakistan as a prosperous and strong Muslim country have been the personalpassion of Mr. Zaid. The creation of BrassTacks Think-Tank is a culmination of his lifelong effortsand aspirations.The mission of Brasstacks Think-Tank is exactly what the mission of Mr. Zaid himself has alwaysbeen: to strive for the establishment of a stronger Pakistan by creating awareness and impartingeducation on issues of strategic national importance, and providing guidance to the people onhow to develop a comprehensive strategy for safeguarding our national interests and ideologicalfrontiers. You can learn more about BrassTacks on our About Us page.BrassTacks is a private venture of Mr. Zaid, and some close like-minded friends who all share thecommon cause of commitment and patriotism towards Pakistan. BrassTacks accepts no fundingfrom any outward source, and is not affiliated with any political party or institution. However,BrassTacks maintains a friendly and advisory role towards key institutions of Pakistan includingthe Government of Pakistan, the Foreign Office, Pakistan Army, and embassies of friendly Islamiccountries.BrassTacks Think-Tank has attracted a lot of talent from the youth of Pakistan, and is alreadyplaying a pivotal role in shaping the future of Pakistan’s domestic and foreign policies.Mr. Zaid welcomes all of you to join hands with BrassTacks and play your role in IslamicRenaissance and Muslim Unity through the agency of this God-gifted country of Pakistan.
OUR MISSION
In the words of Zaid Hamid sahib, the founder of BrassTacks, "
Our organization isPakistan, our identity is Islam, and our constitution is the quran
". We represent nothingother than this. Our mission is to revive our pristine religious values, and helping createawareness among the people so they can understand the finer, subtle truths of our Islamicwisdom in relation to our current situation. Specifically, some of the salient points relatedto our mission are as follows:
1. Strengthen the people's belief in Pakistan. Promote the study of our history and the thoughtsand speeches of Allama Iqbal and Qaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Familiarize the peoplewith the Pakistan ideology, rekindle the spirit of patriotism, and counter and dispel any falsepropaganda against Pakistan.2. Publish literature and video programs to educate the general public and government officialson key issues of national security, thus empowering them with the knowledge to take correctpolicy decisions.3. Expose and suggest counter measures against the conspiracies of foreign agencies which areactively working to destabilize and divide us.

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