Aamir Liaquat Hussain was a Pakistani politician, television personality, actor, and comedian. He was listed among the 100 popular personalities of Pakistan. Considerably known for his anchoring, Aamir made it to the 500 influential Muslims worldwide list three times.
Aamir Liaquat Hussain was born on Monday, 5 July 1971 (age 50 years; at the time of death) in Karachi, Pakistan. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He attended a government school for his primary and secondary education. Later, he got himself enrolled at the Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro, Pakistan, to earn a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery. Next, he went to Dublin and attended Trinity College Dublin from where he earned a master’s degree in Islamic Studies. Next, he earned a PhD in Islamic Studies from Malaya, Spain.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Aamir Liaquat Hussain was born to Sheikh Liaquat Hussain and Ghousia Mehmooda Sultana. Aamir’s father was a Pakistani politician and political figure who was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 1997 to 1999. His mother, Ghousia Mehmooda, was a columnist. He had a brother named Imran Liaquat.
Wife & Children
Aamir Liaquat Hussain‘s first wife’s name is Syeda Bushra Iqbal. She was an advocate in Pakistan high court and ex-producer at Geo TV. He had two children with his first wife, a son named Ahmed Aamir and a daughter named Dua Aamir.
Aamir and Bushra got divorced in 2020. According to Bushra, he divorced her over a phone call. Soon after their divorce, Bushra took to Instagram to inform the public about their divorce. In the post, she described their relationship as a “traumatic thing” for her and their children. She wrote,
However, divorcing me is one thing, but doing it infront of Tuba on call at her request, was perhaps the most painful and traumatic thing for my children and I. I rest my case to Allah.”
In 2018, Aamir got married to Syeda Tuba Anwar (his second wife), an actor, writer, and lifestyle influencer.
After a time period of almost one and a half year, actress Tuba announced her divorce with Aamir through a social media post, which read,
With a heavy heart, I want to make people aware of a development in my life. My close family and friends are aware that after a separation of 14 months, it was evident that there was no hope for reconciliation in sight and I had to opt to take khula from court. I cannot express how difficult it has been but I trust Allah and His plans. I would appeal to everyone that my decision is respected during these testing times.”
In 2022, Amir tied the knot with 18 years old Syeda Dania Shah.
In an interview, talking about how the two met, Amir said,
When we met for the first time, it was only for 28 minutes. It wasn’t a 28-day affair. Nothing of that sort ever happened. I visited Lodhran for an event. It was a Milad function organised by an affluent family. I also called Jahangir Tareen Sahab from Lodhran. He later invited me to his farmhouse. After Milad, we went to Lodhran’s Pir’s house. I didn’t know him. I discussed some personal affairs with him. He told me he will settle me with someone now but the only condition was that I wouldn’t get to see her before. When I met her, it was Dania. But when I did meet her, I came to know that when she was a kid and would cry, her parents would put on Aalim Online to calm her.”
Adding to the conversation, Dania said,
I didn’t think he was real. To meet someone you have idealized since you were a kid, someone you have been obsessed with and he just appears in front of you; how would you feel?” I have also told him that if he wants to marry someone else, he should. I have given him permission to get married for the fourth time. It is not my right to stop him from tying the knot again. If he is happy with me and I love him enough, he’d stay with me. If I don’t, then he will find someone else and marry her.”
In an Instagram video, she stated that she had filed for divorce. Reportedly, Syeda Dania Shah filed for a divorce with Aamir just three months after their marriage, In one of her Instagram videos, she revealed that she had asked her husband for a khula (woman’s right to divorce). Further, she went on to say that Liaquat was “worse than the devil” and was not as he appeared on the television.
Hussain was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan for the first time in 2002 on the ticket of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement from NA-249 (Karachi-XI) seat, and was appointed as the Minister of State for Religious Affairs, Zakat, and Ushr Division in the Shaukat Aziz government in September 2004. In May 2005, Hussain, as the Junior Minister of Religious Affairs, urged Pakistani religious institutions and organisations to publish a ‘Fatwa’ on suicide bombers. During a visit to Jamia Binoria in June 2005, he was attacked by some furious youngsters. However, police denied that Hussain had been abused and said that the mob had just sung slogans. Hussain served as Minister of State for Religious Affairs until July 2007, when his party urged him to retire as both, the Minister of State for Religious Affairs and as a Member of the National Assembly. According to an official statement by the government of Pakistan, the party was dissatisfied with Hussain’s remarks about Salman Rushdie. He stepped out from politics in 2007. Later that year, the MQM dismissed him from the party. He founded the Memhooda Sultana Foundation. Hussain was named to the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan’s yearly edition The 500 Most Influential Muslims from 2013 to 2015. Hussain was arrested by Sindh Rangers in August 2016, following an attack on media houses by MQM workers and the arrest of MQM leaders. After Hussain was charged with facilitation of hate speech but failed to appear in court, an Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan ordered the authorities to place his name on the Exit Control List in February 2017.
Hussain was a radio personality on FM101. For many years, he has also hosted Ramadan transmissions, including Suhur and Iftar. He began his television career with Pakistan Television Corporation but was quickly fired. In 2001, he became a founding member of Geo TV, where he hosted the religious show Aalim Online. Hussain left Geo in 2010 to become managing director of ARY Qtv and executive director of ARY Digital Network. There, he hosted the religious programme Aalim Aur Aalam. After rejoining Geo TV, he hosted Pehchan Ramazan in 2012 and Amaan Ramazan in 2013. He was appointed vice president of Geo TV in January 2014, and he presented the game programme Inaam Ghar. He joined Express Media Group in June 2014 as president and Group Editor of religious programming on Daily Express, and he presented Pakistan Ramazan. Hussain then returned to Geo TV, hosting Subh-e-Pakistan beginning in November 2014, and was named president of Geo Entertainment in November 2015. In 2016, he joined the BOL media company and began anchoring the current affairs talk show Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga. In 2017, he hosted Ramazan Mein BOL, and he also began hosting a ame show, Game Show Aisay Chalay Ga. In November 2017, he departed BOL. He joined Pakistan Television Corporation in 2019.
Hussain was set to make his Pakistani cinema debut in an upcoming film by Syed Noor, with Saima Noor in the lead role. He revealed in April 2019 that he will play Burhan Wani in Ayub Khoso’s upcoming film about the Kashmir crisis. In April 2020, he began anchoring “Jeeway Pakistan,” a game programme that airs on Express TV. In his TV show Khatmay Nabuwat in 2008, Hussain criticised the Ahmadi Community’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. The show’s guest academics claimed that everyone linked with the Ahmadi organisation should be killed for blasphemy. Within two days, two important Ahmadi community members were slain, one of them was a physician and the other a community leader. Hussain said on his TV show in 2010 that Pakistan’s recent losses in cricket matches were attributable to their new green shoe bottoms. Because green is the colour of the Pakistani flag and the Dome of Muhammad’s tomb, the green shoes were allegedly disrespectful to Islam, and the squad was evidently being divinely chastised. Hussain said that this was a religious issue. He was later chastised in the media for his opinions. A compilation of behind-the-scenes footage tapes showing Hussain using various profanities on the set of his show was released online in 2011. In the same video, he is seen laughing off a rape-related topic, ridiculing his religious guests, singing Indian songs spontaneously, and referencing to Bollywood rape scenes. In his defence, Hussain accused Geo TV of fabricating the alleged phoney film in order to undermine his reputation, and claimed that the footage had to be modified and dubbed by “synchronisation masters.” According to The New York Times, Hussain himself stated, “It was my lighter side.”
Alleged to Provoke Violence Against Ahmadis
On 7 September 2008, Aamir Liaquat Hussain dedicated an entire show to the Ahmadi community. The show was sceptical of the sect’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadyani, and the guest researchers labelled everyone associated with the Ahmadi group “Wajib-ul-qatl” (meriting murder because of obscenity). After two days, two prominent Ahmadis were assassinated, one of them was a doctor and the other a group pioneer. He has later stated that there was a misunderstanding as the board just used the word Wajib-ul-qatl (meriting murder) in reference to false prophets. In the same show hosted by Aamir Liaquat Hussain and broadcast on Geo Television on 22 December 2014, a religious pastor, Syed Arif Shah Owaisi, declared Ahmadis to be Islam’s enemies. Furthermore, this antagonist is the Qadiyani sect,” Owaisi remarked, using the correct name for Ahmadis.
They are the ones who are reviling the Holy Prophet” (PBUH). That opponent should be recognised by all Muslims.”
Following Owaisi’s words, Aamir Liaquat gesticulated his head in defiance, as the crowd erupted in applause. The visiting pastor continued to use derogatory language against the minority for a few minutes and the TV demonstrators clapped in praise. After five days of the exhibition, an Ahmadi man, Luqman Ahmad Shehzad, was shot dead in Gujranwala. This was the second time Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s broadcast had been linked to Ahmadi attacks.
On 14 August 2011, a collection of videotapes went viral on internet, showing Aamir Liaquat using various vulgarities. In the same video, he is seen playfully answering a rape question, ridiculing his religious invitees, freely performing Indian tunes, and referring to Bollywood rape activities. Within hours, the video had gone viral on the internet. To defend himself, he stated that the film was a forgery that had been changed and dubbed by “harmonisation leaders.” He accused the opposing organisation, GEO TV, of fabricating the alleged phoney footage in order to undermine his authority. He also chastised those who required to examine the conclusiveness of Muhammad’s prophethood, a reference to Ahmadis. Soon after, he tweeted, “Since ARY appraisals have swallowed GEO evaluations, that channel has begun a struggle against me to smash the records.” Regardless, he verified the video’s legitimacy in a New York Times feature from that moment onward, saying, “It was my lighter side.” He had previously stated that the tapes were phoney.
Handed away abandoned newborn children
Aamir Liaquat Hussain handed away abandoned newborn children from the Chhipa Welfare Association to guardians who needed to welcome kids during the Amaan Ramazan transmission. The guardians were chosen after the Chhipa welfare affiliation completed individual verification in advance. During the show, the infant was handed over to the guardians. “Yet it was moral to locate guardians for her, the infant was provided like an auto, portable PC, or bike,” Seema Jamali, joint chief of child welfare for the Sindh regional administration, said. It is an insult to both the youngster and the guardians. It should have been done quietly.” Child welfare advocates expressed concern that the lack of privacy could expose the children and their families to further prodding and embarrassment.”
In 2006, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan found Hussain’s BA degree in Islamic Studies from Trinity College and University to be invalid and forged. This University was identified as a hoax by The Guardian in 2003, where one could get a degree for as little as £150 in 28 days. His BA degree was deemed forged by the University of Karachi in 2005. Hussain submitted his BA degree to the Pakistan Election Commission while completing nomination documents for the 2002 Pakistani general elections. Hussain was said to have purchased his degrees from Trinity College and University in order to run in the elections. It was made mandatory for candidates running for Provincial and National legislature seats in 2002 to hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
On 9 June 2022, he died at Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan after his condition deteriorated early in the morning. In June 2022, a court decided to perform his post-mortem to know his exact cause of death.