What happened? Two things: first the overconfidence of his relentless ego that believed its own hype, andsecond a past that caught up with him. Let’s look at each in turn, eventually coming to the point Imentioned before, that his misfortunes are not a cause for celebration.First, ego. In his speeches, he rails for the reintroduction of the Khilafat system but is short on all specifics.Simultaneously, he will present himself as the saviour, using the royal “we”. He is not one for modesty,quickly one sees through the ruse. He launches into huge spiels of how the CIA, RAW and Mossad are afraidof him. In one TV programme he claimed that the FBI was watching him and he had found a loophole on itswebsite, that it didn’t mention Osama bin Laden’s wanted status in reference to 9/11. Zaid was sure thatafter the programme had been aired the FBI would change it.Well, as usual with Zaid, the facts were wrong. Osama never claimed involvement with 9/11, only hisappreciation for it, and the reason for it is tactical. If Osama was caught, any admission would bring a quickclose to the trial, he would like to prolong it to give him an opportunity to critique the US for as long aspossible within earshot of the US media. As it is, the website has not changed to this day, more than a yearafter Zaid claimed it would after his revelation. So much for being an “analyst”. It’s been more than a yearsince he definitely “proved” that Israel would attack Pakistan in March of 2009.Regarding his total failure in getting a hundred, let alone lakhs of, people to hear him pass a new ‘PakistanResolution’, he has a new excuse that he has sent out to his followers. Apparently, he thinks it’s just like thesituation of the Prophet (PBUH) at Hudaiybia! Talk about narcissism.A charismatic and well-spoken man, he got too used to followers who lapped all his “prophetic” words aboutpolitics without counterargument, and the summersaults and changing of position he regularly did wereignored by them on account of the force of his personality. Unfortunately, for him the problem with themedia is that it creates repositories online, so in one programme where he tries and puts up a peacefulfaçade by saying he isn’t against Hindus, it’s easily contradicted by another programme where he calls thema “paleed” nation.He says he hates the US, but will happily accept dollars for small reports he authors. It was almost as if hebelieved he was immune to the rules of logic, and that others wouldn’t notice. Anyone who did was aCIA/Mossad/RAW agent, like Hamid Mir who he once accused of being just that.He has been railing against democracy for the longest time because of Pakistan’s cooperation with the USand his desire for his caliphate, but will never criticise Musharraf who set the current relationship in place. If it suited Zaid the rules were flexible. And hence the backlash.Falling in love with celebrity circles was another problem. While pushing a hardliner Islamic agenda, hewould also hobnob with rock stars and fashion designers who treated him with a cult-like awe. Increasingthe personal realm of influence was more important than ideological consistency. Others saw through that.