SHC suspends order to exhume body of Aamir Liaquat

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday suspended the orders for the exhumation of famous televangelist Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s body for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of his death.

The family of former member of National Assembly and deceased TV anchor had approached the SHC against the orders issued by a judicial magistrate for autopsy.

Hussain’s estranged family members, who came only for his last rites, decided to challenge the magistrate’s orders in the SHC. 

During the hearing, petitioners’ counsel Zia Awan maintained that the judicial magistrate hastily issued the order over a random citizen’s plea seeking exhumation and postmortem while Hussain’s family was never in its favour.

“The plea was a publicity stunt over which the family’s stance wasn’t heard properly,” Awan stated.

Accepting the plea against the exhumation of Hussain’s body, the court issued stay against judicial magistrate’s order. It also issued notices to Abdul Ahad — the petitioner of the plea seeking an autopsy and other respondents of the case — directing the parties to submit their replies at the next hearing.

The exhumation was scheduled to take place tomorrow morning (June 23), a notification issued by the Sindh health department said on Tuesday. A six-member medical board has been formed for the autopsy. Police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed will head the board.

Hussain’s first wife, Dr Bushra Iqbal has been opposing the postmortem since his death. Responding to the order, Bushra had raised several questions about performing an autopsy on Hussain.

She urged fans to be vocal in opposing the autopsy as it “is a painful procedure for dead people and Islam doesn’t allow it”.