Dr Aamir Liaquat banned from TV appearance for 30 days

  • Liaquat created sensation to achieve maximum viewership and maligned the last Prophet (PBUH): PEMRA
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned renowned televangelist Amir Liaquat from appearing on any TV show for a month.

According to a press release issued by the media watchdog late Friday, the scholar cum politician has also been barred from hosting two shows on BOL TV, ‘Ramzan Me Bol’ and ‘Aisa Nahi Chalega’ for hurting religious sentiments of different sects.

PEMRA also highlighted that the scholar maligned the last Prophet (PBUH) and did so merely for creating a sensation in a bid to garner TV ratings in one of the shows broadcast on May 24th.

Amir Liaquat Hussain had recently announced during BOL’s Ramzan transmission that scholars from a specific sect have been banned from appearing on programs aired by the network.

The decision came a day after Liaquat displayed his anger over the remarks made by a religious scholar Qari Khalil-ur-Rehman, who is believed to have defended renowned scholar Dr Zakir Naik.

In the said TV show, Aamir Liaquat heavily protested against Dr Naik’s statement about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and asked Qari Khalil to condemn it.

However, soon the discussion turned emotional and Liquat quit the segment, following which, scholar Allama Kokab Noorani Okarvi stood up and said he will only sit with co-panelist Qari Khalil if he repented otherwise he will also quit.

A clip of Dr Naik was also shown to the audience, that has been cited as one of the reasons for the ban by the media regulator.

This is not the first time Dr Amair Liaquat has been banned from TV as in December, last year, the Islamabad High Court had forbidden him from TV appearance for ‘hate speech’.

Aamir Liaquat Stands Ground

Aamir Liaquat stood his ground over his position and fired a series of tweets, saying, he was proud of his action.