Aamir Liaquat’s family approaches SHC against autopsy

Dr Aamir LIaquat Hussain. Screengrab
Dr Aamir LIaquat Hussain. Screengrab

KARACHI: The family of Dr Aamir LIaquat Hussain has approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging a local court’s verdict for ordering an autopsy of the famous TV personality.

The petition has been filed by Aamir Liaquat’s son and daughter requesting the court to stop the exhumation and postmortem which would be conducted on June 23.

A two-member SHC bench will hear the case today.

Judicial Magistrate (East) Wazeer Hussain Memon on June 20 ordered authorities to conduct a post-mortem on the televangelist’s body who passed away earlier this month in mysterious circumstances.

A six-member medical board was formed for the autopsy on the court order. Police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed was appointed its head.

Additional police surgeon Shahid Nizam, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre’s Forensics Medicine Head of the Department Pervaiz Makhdoom, medico-legal officer Dr Areeb Baqai, forensic expert Dr Hari Ram and Dr Gulzar Ali were part of the medical board.

The judicial magistrate (East) approved the petition of a citizen seeking the autopsy of the anchorperson.

The petition was filed stating that Hussain’s sudden death has raised suspicions among his fans and it is suspected that he was killed over a property dispute.

The petitioner requested the court to form a special board for the exhumation and autopsy of Hussain, saying that identifying the cause of his death was necessary.

In its order, the court had said that Liaquat’s family — the “heirs of his grave” — have maintained that conducting the anchorperson’s post-mortem would violate the sanctity of his grave.

But the court had maintained that if the death is suspicious and there is a fear that a crime might have been committed, then the law will have to take its course.

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