Famous Pakistani animator Aamir Liaquat has died in Karachi

TBS report

09 June 2022, 16:15

Last modification: 09 June 2022, 16:22

MP and TV host Amir Liaquat. — Online/File

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MP and TV host Amir Liaquat. — Online/File

Pakistani MP and famous TV host Aamir Liaquat Husain has died in Karachi, Dawn reported Thursday citing DIG East Muquddas Haider.

He was 49 years old. He has been married three times.

The police officer said Liaquat’s condition deteriorated early in the morning, after which he was transferred to the Aga Khan University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. He added that initial reports show no foul play; however, the politician’s autopsy will be performed at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf adjourned the session, which started earlier in the day, until 5 p.m. Friday after learning of the MP’s death.

Liaquat joined the PTI in March 2018 and was elected MP for Karachi in general elections held later that year. He then fell out with the party.

He had previously been a key leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and split from the party in August 2016, saying at the time that he would quit politics.

Liaquat had been working in the media industry for several years now. In 2001, he joined Geo TV where he hosted Aalim Online, a religious show which gained him a large following.

For the past few years, Liaquat has hosted Ramazan transmissions on Geo TV and Bol News. The last show he hosted was Bol House with Amir Liaquat.

He has faced multiple controversies in his career as a television host. A number of its broadcasts have been temporarily banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for hate speech. In 2018, the High Court in Islamabad banned him from appearing on electronic media.

President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed his deep sorrow and sadness over Liaquat’s sudden death. In a statement on Twitter, he prayed for forgiveness from the deceased and his senior brass.

Javier E. Swan