KARACHI:

Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Aamir Liaquat Hussain passed away on Thursday at his residence in Karachi.

Reportedly, the Karachi-based politician and entertainer was found unconscious at his house and was rushed to a hospital in the provincial capital.

The 49-year-old was shifted to a private hospital in the port city due to his critical condition earlier but doctors failed to revive him.

The news of his death was also confirmed by National Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Ashraf who postponed the session of the house to mark the death of the lawmaker. Due to his death, the proceedings of the house have been adjourned till 5 pm tomorrow.

According to sources, the anchor had the door of his room locked and his house staff knocked on it several times to no avail.

The staffers said Aamir started feeling unwell last night and he complained of chest pain. The former lawmaker was then shifted to a hospital from his house in Khudadad Colony.

Separately, the driver of the ex-MNA told the city police that they had heard a “scream from his [Aamir’s] room a day earlier”.

According to police, the body of the deceased will be shifted to Jinnah Hospital or Civil Hospital for post-mortem after which it would be handed over to the immediate family.

Before joining the PTI, Aamir was a member of the MQM-P. He had served as state minister during the government of military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf. He got elected to the National Assembly twice: in 2002 and 2018.

The televangelist was born on July 5, 1972. He is survived by two children.

Aamir was a popular host of Ramazan transmissions – game shows which run pre and post Iftaar during the holy month. Starting his media career in 2001 after joining a private news channel, he hosted Aalim Online, which contributed greatly to his early popularity.  

He continued hosting Ramazan shows throughout his career. 

Aamir was also a controversial figure during the past few years. His multiple marriages, his political statements and lately his leaked videos all caused controversy. After his private videos were leaked, he stated that he had “no choice but to leave the country after this fiasco“.

Ramzan Chippa, head of the Chippa Welfare Trust, said Aamir was rushed to the hospital earlier in the day but had already passed away 15 to 20 minutes before he was brought to the hospital. 

Referring to his will, the philanthropist said Aamir wanted to be buried, alongside his parents, at the mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi. He added that he would be looking after the final rites of the departed lawmaker. 

Body shifted for postmortem

The deceased’s body was later transported to Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital for postmortem. A medical board has been formed for the procedure.

Police Surgeon Karachi Dr Samia Syed will head the board while Dr Sikander Azam and Dr Rajendra Kumar will be the other members. 

The medical professionals will do a complete body examination and will also perform various scans once the family of the deceased entertainer give their consent.

Condolences pour in

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, former president Asif Ali Zardari, PPP Chairperson and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, and former Sindh governor Imran Ismail expressed sorrow over the demise of the former lawmaker and prayed for his soul.

President Arif Alvi expressed grief at the passing of the lawmaker and “prayed for his soul”.

Senator and PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan also expressed grief at the entertainer’s passing and prayed for the departed and his family. 

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