Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain. Photo: Titter/@HamzaAzhrSalam/file

Aamir Liaquat’s body to be exhumed for autopsy on June 23

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Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain. Photo: Titter/@HamzaAzhrSalam/file 

KARACHI: In compliance with the court’s order, the Sindh health department on Monday decided to exhume the body of eminent televangelist and PTI MNA Aamir Liaquat for postmortem examination on June 23.

On June 18, in a bid to ascertain the actual cause of his mysterious death, an additional district and sessions judge (Karachi East) had ordered to conduct an autopsy on the body of Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

As per a notification issued by the Sindh health department, Hussain’s body will be exhumed on Thursday morning. A six-member medical board has been formed for his autopsy. Police surgeon Dr Samia will head the board.

Additional police surgeon Shahid Nizam, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre’s Forensics Medicine Head of the Department Pervaiz Makhdoom, medico-legal officer Dr Areeb Baqai, forensic expert Dr Hari Ram and Dr Gulzar Ali are part of the medical board.

Court orders Aamir Liaquat’s autopsy

The judicial magistrate (East) in Karachi on Saturday approved a petition seeking the autopsy of the anchorperson.

A petition was filed stating that Hussain’s sudden death has raised suspicions among his fans and it is suspected that he was killed over a property dispute.

The petitioner requested the court to form a special board for the exhumation and autopsy of Hussain, saying that identifying the cause of his death was necessary.

In its order, the court said that Liaquat’s family — the “heirs of his grave” — have maintained that conducting the anchorperson’s post-mortem would violate the sanctity of his grave.

But the court said that if the death is suspicious and there is a fear that a crime might have been committed, then the law will have to take its course.

Responding to the order, Hussain’s former wife Dr Bushra Iqbal raised several questions about performing an autopsy on Hussain.

She urged fans to be vocal in opposing the autopsy as it “is a painful procedure for dead people and Islam doesn’t allow it”.

Hussain found dead

The PTI dissident was found unconscious at his home situated in Khudadad Colony of the metropolis on June 9, according to his servant Javaid.

The 50-year-old was rushed to a hospital where he could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead.

His death came as a shock to the media industry and people vented anger at the social media trolls who had hounded the TV host for his botched third marriage.

The body of the PTI lawmaker was handed over to his family for burial only after Judicial Magistrate Naukar Abbas allowed it.

While police were insisting on conducting an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death, Hussain’s estranged family members, who came only for his last rites, insisted that a postmortem will delay the funeral.

The body was received by the late anchor’s son and last rites were conducted by Chippa. Hussain was laid to rest in a graveyard on the premises of the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Clifton.

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