MNA and television show host Amir Liaquat Husain has passed away in Karachi on Thursday. He was 49.

The PTI leader was found unconscious at his home in Khudadad Colony.

DIG East Muquddas Haider said Liaquat was moved to the Aga Khan University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

He said that initial reports show no foul play; however, the post-mortem examination will be conducted at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

Meanwhile, National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf adjourned the session, which started earlier today, till 5 pm on Friday after receiving news of the MNA’s death.

SSP East said the police will also obtain CCTV footage to ascertain the facts leading to his death.

The authorities have decided to conduct a post-mortem as he died under mysterious circumstances.

East SSP said that the police examined Liaquat’s house and everything was in place. However, the police cordoned off his bedroom after collecting evidence. Police said that the family’s permission has been acquired for an autopsy after which a report will be prepared on the cause of death.

Moreover, the police will take the statement of Amir’s driver Javed, who had informed the police about the incident first.

A time for Liaquat’s funeral prayers will be announced later.

Liaquat had joined the PTI in March 2018 and was elected as MNA from Karachi in the general elections held later that year. He had later fallen out with the party.

He had earlier been a key leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and had parted ways with the party in August 2016, saying at the time that he would be leaving politics.

Liaquat had been working in the media industry for several years now. In 2001, he joined Geo where he hosted Aslim Online, a religious programme that gained him a large following.

Over the past few years, Liaquat had hosted Ramazan transmissions on both Geo and Bol. The last show he hosted was Bol House with Amir Liaquat.

He faced multiple controversies in his career as a television host. A number of his shows were temporarily banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) over hate speech. In 2018, the Islamabad High Court had barred him from making any appearance on the electronic media.

He married thrice.

CONDOLENCE: Immediately after the news was reported, condolences started pouring in from various segments of the society.

President Dr Arif Alvi expressed deep grief and sorrow at Liaquat’s sudden death. In a statement on Twitter, he prayed for the forgiveness of the deceased and his high ranks.

“The President expressed sympathy and patience towards the family of the deceased,” it added.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari was shock at the news. “Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain led a dynamic life from journalism to politics. He proved his mettle in various fields of life from writing and speech,” he said.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and spokesperson Murtaza Wahab also extended their prayers and condolences towards the deceased MNA.

Meanwhile, former interior minister Sheikh Rashid prayed for the bereaved family.

PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan also prayed for the grieving family. “May God forgive him and bestow his family and loved ones with patience,” he said.

Former Sindh governor Imran Ismail said that Liaquat played an important role in the political journey of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, recalling that he always shared a good relationship with the MNA, even after he resigned from the party.

On the other hand, journalist Waseem Abbasi called the news “extremely sad”.

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