In a notification earlier today, the Islamabad High Court has banned the renowned anchor and TV host, Aamir Liaquat from appearing on any Pakistani television channel.
This refraining order has been issued shortly after Aamir Liaquat announced that he joined 24NewsHD as their President Network.
A citizen, Muhammad Abbas, reportedly filed a petition against the TV host, Aamir Liaquat to bar him from appearing on TV.
According to the petition, Aamir Liaquat, allegedly, spreads hatred in his speeches while on national television. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the petition and ordered the relevant authorities to implement the draft rule.
The petitioner’s counsellor, Barrister Shoaib Razaq further explained that Aamir Liaquat, hypocritically, claims to be a religious scholar (aalim) without any certification of having any Islamic Education. The petitioner’s lawyer added that Aamir Liaquat’s popular TV show, Aalim Online has created irreverent division within the society, jeopardizing their lives and beliefs.
The counsel added that Aamir Liaquat hasn’t been following the rules and regulations set by the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA). Allegedly, the authority has not taken any action so far against the televangelist. The petitioner urged the court to prevent Aamir Liaquat from using any form of media, including television and the social media to spread hate speech in front of the public.
This is an interim measure until the judge hears the argument against barring Aamir from TV, print media and social media. The case has been adjourned until January 10, 2018. The judge has notified Aamir Liaquat and several authorities including the federal government and the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA).
Justice Siddiqui has ordered the federal government, PEMRA, the PTA and Aamir Liaquat to file their responses.