Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) National Assembly member and anchor person Amir Liaquat Hussain has once again come under fire from users on social media for his statements.
Aamir Liaquat has been the subject of controversy in the past and this time he also made a joke about the demise of Bollywood actors Irfan Khan and Sri Devi, after which he has faced a strong reaction on social media.
However, Aamir Liaquat has recently apologized for his statement in a video message and said that he was apologizing as a humanitarian.
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Amir Liaquat has been working as an anchor person for local media for more than a decade. During this time, he has been a part of special Ramadan broadcasts of various TV channels as an anchor person.
However, what did Amir Liaqat say yesterday that he had to apologize for?
“I’m sorry to be a part of Aamir Liaquat’s show.”
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Amir Liaquat, the host of a private TV program ‘Jive Pakistan’, had invited Pakistan’s leading actor Adnan Siddiqui to his show.
On one occasion during the show, Amir Liaquat addressing Adnan Siddiqui said that whoever you work with outside the country dies. He told Adnan Siddiqui that he saved the lives of two people, Rani Mukherjee and Bipasha Basu.
Aamir Liaquat said that Adnan Siddiqui has recently refused to act in two films in which the two actresses were cast as heroines.
Prior to this statement, he referred to well-known Bollywood actors Irfan Khan and Sri Devi with whom Adnan Siddiqui had worked in the past.
It may be recalled that Sri Devi died of a heart attack on February 25, 2018 while Irfan Khan passed away on April 29, 2020.
However, Adnan Siddiqui said that he was deeply saddened by the demise of Sri Devi and Irfan Khan and in reply to Aamir Liaquat said, “It will be a joke for you but not a joke for me.”
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In a statement issued after the show on the social networking site Twitter, Adnan Siddiqui wrote, "It is very inappropriate to make fun of those who have passed away. Not only him (Aamir Liaqat) and I but our The country was presented in the wrong way.
“I am sorry to be a part of Aamir Liaquat’s show,” he added.
Reaction on social media
The video of the show went viral on social media and users also criticized Aamir Liaquat for his controversial statement.
Commenting on Aamir Liaqat’s apology, a user said, “Who doesn’t like it when someone apologizes, but does the forgiveness of a person who makes the same mistake over and over again have any meaning?”
While users on social media seemed to appreciate Adnan Siddiqui’s behavior, other users also raised the question of why private TV channels recruit Aamir Liaquat knowing his controversial history.
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Nada Kirmani, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), said, “Why do we still wonder what Amir Liaqat said or did?”
Last year, Aamir Liaquat slammed the Women’s March, calling it a “foreign agenda to distort the face of Pakistan”, which drew a strong response on Twitter.
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Amir Liaqat and controversy, with a bra
Amir Liaquat Hussain has been issued notices by PEMRA several times for sharing hateful material in his program, but the courts have also taken notice of his statements several times.
PEMRA had on January 26, 2017 banned the private TV program ‘Aise Nahin Chale Ga’ due to various complaints.
It is to be noted that the host of this program Amir Liaqat had made a hate speech against Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of private TV channel Geo and others, disregarding the orders of the Supreme Court.
Amir Liaquat Hussain was indicted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on November 7, 2018.
In the past, the Islamabad High Court had also banned Aamir Liaquat Hussain from making hate speeches in a TV program, not only from his program but also from inviting him as an observer in any program.
What this recent controversy and past incidents have in common is that Amir Liaquat Hussain still apologized.
PEMRA should take notice of this statement
Despite Amir Liaquat’s apology, consumers are demanding the Pakistan Media and Regulatory Authority to take notice of Aamir Liaquat’s statement.
PEMRA had earlier issued instructions to local entertainment TV channels against airing dramas on controversial and immoral topics.
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PEMRA had issued a formal code of conduct for TV channels in 2015 stating that Naz