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The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued Contempt of court notice to the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Dr. Amir Liaquat Hussain allegedly for his abusive language. Dr. Hussain has “accused Geo TV anchor Shahzeb Khanzada of supporting blasphemy convicts,” the court was told on Friday.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar was unhappy to watch a video clip played in the SC where the TV anchor was using derogatory language. The CJP also noted that such people should not be in the parliament. “He also leveled grave allegations against Najam Sethi,” the counsel added. “No one has the right to call anyone infidel or traitor.”
“Do [you] teach the general public this through TV?” Justice Nisar remarked, addressing the TV personality. “A person who does not know what to say at a public forum, should he be in the parliament?” Dr. Hussain joined the PTI on March 19, 2018. He was, however, a critic of the PTI and its chairman in the past. He not only criticized the policies of the party but also attacked the personal life of Imran Khan.
MQM also expelled him from the party in 2008. Although Mr. Hussain had joined MQM again, yet he parted ways with the party after an anti-Pakistan speech made by the party head Altaf Hussain in 2016.
Dr. Hussain was also barred by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in December 2017. Later on, the ban was lifted and the anchorperson was allowed to appear on TV screens. As a matter of fact, Dr. Hussain has an old habit of alleging his opponents for some extralegal activities whenever he feels not comfortable with the organization. He worked with the GEO but at the end of the day he accused Geo’s owner for being an Indian agent and working against Pakistan.
Later on, he himself did not stand up with the allegations he had leveled. Recently, he left Bol TV and in the same fashion accused the channel for carrying out some objectionable policies and activities. Later on, he again joined the channel.
Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s Political Career
Aamir Liaquat Hussain, a son of politician Sheikh Liaquat Hussain and renowned columnist Mahmooda Sultana, contested his maiden electoral battle in 2002 on the ticket of Muttahida Qaumi Movement from NA-249 Karachi-XI constituency. He was also appointed as the minister of state for Religious affairs and Zakat and Ushar Division in September 2004 in Shaukat Aziz cabinet.
Dr. Hussain joined the PTI on March 19, 2018. He was, however, a critic of the PTI and its chairman in the past. He not only criticized the policies of the party but also attacked the personal life of Imran Khan.
But in 2007 because of severe violation of party rules, Mr. Husain was forced to resign from his seat as member of national assembly and as Minister of State for Religious Affairs. He quitted politics in 2007. MQM also expelled him from the party in 2008. Although Mr. Hussain had joined MQM again, yet he parted ways with the party after an anti-Pakistan speech made by the party head Altaf Hussain in 2016.
In 2017 there were some rumors as if Mr. Hussain was joining PTI. It was further confirmed by PTI’s Faisal Javed Khan who tweeted that “Dr Aamir Liaquat to announce joining PTI at a press conference on October 25 in Karachi.” But owing to public pressure PTI had to distance itself from the decision as many PTI followers conveyed a strong disapproval of the move. However, Liaqat contesting from PTI’s ticket in Karachi, won and became a member of National Assembly in the recent General Elections 2018.