No post-mortem: Dr Amir Liaquat’s body handed over to family
Police earlier bar Chhipa morgue from handing over Aamir Liaquat’s body to anyone
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Police on Friday backed down from its insistence to conduct postmortem on the body of renowned religious scholar and TV anchor Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain and handed it over to his family after a court in Karachi ordered it to do so, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The funeral prayers for the deceased TV anchor will be offered after Asr prayers.
Earlier dispute arose between the late religious scholar’s family and the police over the body’s postmortem.
While the police insisted on the postmortem in order to get to the real causes of his death, the family flatly refused.
The court of judicial magistrate-East gave the order during the hearing of a petition filed by the police under section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr PC), in which the Force had argued that under section 176 of the CrPC a magistrate could order an inquiry to ascertain the causes of death of a person.
Sources told 24News that the magistrate would take decision on conducting postmortem on the body in the light of police surgeon’s report.
Members of Dr Amir’s family namely his first wife Bushra, son Ahmad Amir and daughter Dua Amir, on the other hand, while opposing the idea of the body’s postmortem, filed an application in the court, in which they prayed for the handover of the body to them.
Earlier, the Brigade police station in Karachi had written a letter to Chhipa Welfare Association for not handing over the body of television presenter and politician Dr Aamir Liaquat to anyone else besides police. “The body of Aamir Liaquat should not be handed over to anyone else,” reads the letter written by police to the in-charge of the morgue of Chhipa Welfare Association.
“The body has been handed over to your mortuary as trust. It will be received by the staff of the Brigade police station. It must not be handed over to anyone else,” it adds.
“Legal action will be taken if the body is handed over to anyone else. The post-mortem of the body of Aamir Liaquat Hussain is necessary. It is not possible to determine the cause of the death without post-mortem of the body,” it states.
Earlier, it was learnt that the funeral prayers for Aamir Liaquat Hussain would be offered after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Abdullah Shah Ghazi, Clifton.
Aamir Liaquat was to be buried on the premises of Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine.
According to Manager Auqaf Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine Haji Pannu Khan, Dr Amir Liaquat had got the place of five graves allotted in 2007 on the premises of the shrine.
It is to be noted here that Aamir Liaquat’s first wife Dr Syeda Bushra had expressed grief over the death of her ex-husband and said that the family of the deceased had refused the post-mortem of his body.
Reporter: Junaid Feroz and Mumtaz Jamali