Dr Aamir Liaquat 1971-2022

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Published: 03:21 PM, 9 Jun, 2022
Dr Aamir Liaquat 1971-2022
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Aamir Liaquat Hussain (5 July 1971 – 9 June 2022) was a Pakistani politician, columnist and television host. 

Aamir Liaquat Hussain was a top-ranking TV anchor and has been listed three times in The 500 influential Muslims worldwide, and was among 100 popular personalities of Pakistan. He has been criticized on media numerous times due to his controversial comments about superstars. He was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan elected in August 2018.

Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2007 and served as the Minister of State for Religious Affairs from 2004 to 2007 in the federal cabinet of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. He died on 9 June 2022 in his room at his residence in Karachi.

Early life and education

Aamir Liaquat Hussain was born on 5 July 1971 in Karachi to politician Sheikh Liaquat Hussain and columnist Mahmooda Sultana. 

Educational qualifications

In an interview, Aamir Liaquat said he received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from Liaquat Medical College Jamshoro in 1995, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Islamic Studies in 2002 by a now known degree mill, Trinity College and University (based in Spain but incorporated in Dover, Delaware). He had also said that he gained a degree of Master of Arts in Islamic Studies in 2002 from the Trinity College and University.

Political career

Aamir Liaquat was elected as the Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in the 2002 Pakistani general election on the ticket of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement from NA-249 (Karachi-XI) constituency and was appointed as Minister of State for Religious Affairs[15] and Zakat and Usher Division in September 2004 in the Shaukat Aziz cabinet. As the junior minister of Religious Affairs, Aamir Liaquat asked religious scholars from Pakistan to issue a 'Fatwa' regarding suicide bombings in May 2005. 

Aamir Liaquat and his first wife Bushra.

Aamir Liaquat was the minister of state for Religious Affairs until July 2007, when his party asked him to resign from his position as Minister, and from his seat as a member of the National Assembly. 

He was the founder of the Memhooda Sultana Foundation. From 2013 to 2015, an annual publication The 500 Most Influential Muslims by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan included Aamir Liaquat in their list.

Aamir Liaquat joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in March 2018.

He was re-elected to the National Assembly as a PTI candidate for constituency NA-245 (Karachi East-IV) in the 2018 Pakistani general election.[38]

On 4 October 2021, he had resigned from his National Assembly of Pakistan's seat and left Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. 

TV career

Aamir Liaquat was a radio broadcaster on FM101. He was also known for hosting Ramazan transmissions; for Sehar and Iftar, for many years. He started his television career at Pakistan Television Corporation but was fired shortly thereafter. He joined Geo TV as founding member in 2001 where he hosted religious program Aalim Online. In 2010, Aamir Liaquat left Geo TV and joined ARY Digital Network as managing director of ARY Qtv and as executive director of ARY Digital. He hosted religious program Aalim Aur Aalam there. He then hosted Pehchan Ramazan in 2012, after rejoining Geo TV, and Amaan Ramazan in 2013. In January 2014, he became the vice president of Geo TV, and hosted game show Inaam Ghar. 

Aamir Liaquat with his second wife Syeda Tuba.

In June 2014, he joined Express Media Group as president and Group Editor of religious content on Daily Express, and hosted Pakistan Ramazan. Aamir Liaquat then rejoined Geo TV and hosted Subh-e-Pakistan from November 2014, and also became president of Geo Entertainment in November 2015. He then joined BOL media group in 2016, and started hosting current affairs talk show Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga. There, he hosted Ramazan Mein BOL in 2017, during which he also started hosting a game show; Game Show Aisay Chalay Ga. He left BOL in November 2017. In 2019, he joined Pakistan Television Corporation. 

In January 2016, it was reported that Aamir Liaquat would make Pakistani film debut in an upcoming film of Syed Noor, alongside Saima Noor as lead cast. In April 2019, he announced that he will play Burhan Wani in Ayub Khoso's upcoming film, based on the Kashmir issue. In April 2020, he started hosting a game show called "Jeeway Pakistan" which airs on Express TV. 

Personal life

Aamir Liaquat Hussain had married thrice. He has two children with his first wife, Syeda Bushra Aamir. In June 2018, he confirmed his second marriage to Syeda Tuba Anwar. This marriage lasted for around three years, In February 2022 Amir tied knot with 18-year-old Syeda Dania Shah. In May 2022, his third wife Syeda Dania Shah filed for divorce, after three months of marriage with Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

Death

Aamir Liaquat Hussain died on 9 June 2022 in Karachi.