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No stranger to fame and notoriety — Aamir Liaquat Hussain

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A politician and a renowned television personality, who shot to fame hosting religious shows and conducting Ramazan transmissions on multiple channels, Aamir Liaquat Hussain passed away on Thursday.

No foreigner to contestation in his times-long career in politics and the media, Hussain was born on July 5, 1971, in Karachi.

He was awarded a PhD degree in Islamic Studies in Malaya, Spain, in 2002.
His claim to fame is his stint as host of Geo television’s’ Aalim Online’ — a religious programme that he began conducting in 2001.

In the times to follow, he hosted Ramzan transmissions and game shows on channels including Geo TV, Bol News, ARY Digital and Express TV.
He also ran a current affairs programme on Channel 24 called’ Mere Aziz Hum-watno’.

Political career

Aamir Liaquat Hussain Political career

Hussain began his political trip in 2002, when he won the NA- 249 seat from Karachi in general choices on Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s( MQM) ticket. Two times after his election, he was appointed as the Minister of State for Religious Affairs as well as Zakat and Ushr Division in also- high minister Shaukat Aziz’s press.

He abnegated from his NA seat and the ministry in 2007 following a contestation over his statements on Salman Rushdie and the Lal Masjid stand- off.

Hussain had said during a TV interview that Salman Rushdie should be killed for cussing the Holy Prophet( peace be upon him) in his book’ Cacodemonic Verses’.

A time latterly, he was expelled from the MQM for violating party policy.
Still, he latterly replied the party and was among the leaders who were arrested in August 2016 on charges of harkening to, organising and easing a speech made by party author Altaf Hussain in which he’d reviled against the military establishment and security agencies.

Hussain was taken into guardianship from his office onI.I. Chundrigar Road and latterly released by the Rangers after overnight detention.
After his release, he parted ways with the MQM, saying at the time that he’d be quitting politics.

But on March 19, 2018, he again ventured into politics, joining the PTI this time around.
Addressing a press conference alongside party principal Imran Khan on the occasion, he’d said” I had before left behind siyah- sat( a dark trade), and now I’m starting siyasat( politics).”

He was also tagged as a member of the NA from Karachi’s NA- 245 constituency.
In October 2021, he again blazoned that he was relinquishing from his seat and went on to rebuff Imran on a no- trust vote in April this time that ultimately led to the PTI chief’s ouster.

Controversies

Aamir Liaquat Hussain Controversies

In 2008, Liaquat was extensively criticised after he hosted a television show during which he, along with others, passed spiteful commentary against a nonage community and bandied their murder as an act of religious duty. The show was followed within days of its airing by the murder of two people belonging to the said community.

In 2011, a controversial behind- the- scenes videotape was released via social media showing the presenter using vulgar language and speaking crassly with his companions during different cases of his show.
In 2013, he’d sparked outrage by’ giving away’ babies to childless couples during live content of his Ramazan transmission. He defended his conduct as” charity”.

Likewise, in 2016, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority( Pemra) had barred Liaquat from hosting Ramazan show’ Inam Ghar’ on Geo Entertainment for three days following his June 6 occasion, in which he’d distastefullyre-enacted the self-murder of a girl.

In 2017, Pemra had slighted a ban on Bol TV’s’ Aisay Nahi Chahlay Ga’ programme, which Liaquat hosted, after he levelled sacrilege allegations against abducted civil society activists and bloggers during the show.

Following the incident, counsel Jibran Nasir had also filed a complaint criminating Liaquat of running a scandalous and life- hanging crusade against him.

Pemra latterly said it had entered hundreds of complaints over Liaquat’s” hate speech”.

In November 2017, he abnegated in November from Bol TV in a series of dramatic posts on Twitter, criminating his former employer of not paying his pretenses and obliging him into levelling sacrilege allegations against colorful individualities.

Latterly that time, the Islamabad High Court had barred Hussain from making any TV appearances till farther notice on a solicitation seeking a complete ban on his appearances on TV, social media and print media over allegations he’d abused his influence to spread disharmony and abomination in the country.

The ban, still, was lifted in February 2018.
But in May 2018, Pemra had again banned him from appearing on any television channel in Pakistan for thirty days after ruling that he’d violated several sections of Pemra Ordinance in a television programme.

The media controller, in a announcement, had stated that Hussain, during his channel’s Ramazan transmission had” vented live,un-edited and without any detention” a videotape call from Gujrat wherein the frequenter had raised a controversial religious question.

The Pemra noted that Hussain had,” simply for creating sensation and in order to achieve maximum standing”, created” unwarranted drama on the base of religion and hurt the sentiments of different sets and public at large”.

Tumultous domestic life

Aamir Liaquat Hussain Tumultous domestic life

Husain’s love life had also remained at the centre of the public’s seductiveness. His last two marriages — and veritably public separations — dominated news cycles and social media chatter.

In April 2021, Liaquat battled rumours of getting married a third time after actor after model Haniya Khan claimed to be his woman.

At the time, he released a videotape denying the rumours, saying,” I only have one marriage, which is with Tuba.”

In February this time, he again set up himself at the centre of a contestation when he blazoned his third marriage to 18- time-old Dania Shah.

His advertisement of the marriage had come just hours after his alternate woman
, media personality Syeda Tuba, had blazoned on Instagram that her operation for marriage dissolution had been approved by a court.

But last month, Shah also approached a court for the dissolution of her marriage with Hussain, professing that he was a medicine addict and used to torture her. The MNA had refuted the allegations levelled by Shah while talking to a private television channel and on Twitter.

A many days latterly, a videotape — not singly vindicated but also not called fake by Hussain — was blurted that featured him in a state of complete undress in his home, allegedly after the consumption of an illegal substance.

Hussain is survived by two kiddies from his first woman
, who he’d disassociated in December 2020 after marrying Syeda Tuba.

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