ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court Wednesday upheld its verdict to put ban on anchor Dr Aamir Liaqat Hussain by turning down the petitioner’s appeal to withdraw his request for ban on him.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted hearing of the petition seeking lifetime ban on Dr Aamir for using electronic and social media for his hate speech and justifying violence and rejected withdrawal request of the petitioner.

Earlier, Justice Siddiqui had noted in his interim verdict, “From the facts mentioned in the application and recorded in the main writ petition, prima facie, contention of the petitioner seems correct, therefore, till next date of hearing, respondent No 4 (Dr Aamir) shall not appear on any TV channel/radio programme in any capacity for any type of talk, programmes, shows and advertisements.”

He added that Chairman PTA shall also ensure that no material from Dr Aamir or on his behalf, connected to court order, be made viral on social media in any form.

In this matter, a citizen Muhammad Abbas moved the petition through his counsel Shoaib Razzaq Advocate and cited federation of Pakistan through Ministry of Information, Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), chairman Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain as respondents.

The petitioner stated in the petition that Dr Aamir appeared as a television personality in 2006 and over a decade conducted religious shows, one of them was “Aalim Online” and also claimed to be a scholar of Islamic Studies but subsequently it was revealed that he possessed no such certification or degree in Islamic Studies and his claim of being a scholar of Islam was nothing but a hoax in order to further his personal gains in the name of Islam and under the disguise of a religious scholar.

He added that Aamir Liaquat hosted different programmes on television such as morning show, game shows, talk show and special transmissions on different media channels wherein, he conducted defamatory media trial of certain individuals in the media industry, politicians and other personalities; mocking, ridiculing and directing severe allegations on them using religion as a weapon to harm them and a shield at the same time to protect himself.

“At many occasions he used Quranic verses against certain individuals that illustrate how a blasphemer may be punished and as we all know as Muslims, the penalty is death in a severe manner. A lot of citizens were extremely disgusted and disturbed due to his misusing religion, most importantly to the extent where he attempted on several occasions to endanger lives of certain individuals using Islam and Quran without any fear of Allah (SWT) using Islam to his own gain and advantages,” maintained the petitioner.

He continued that Dr Aamir stooped so low while conducting a show concerning MQM leader, Altaf Hussain and various individuals of the party using unacceptable and highly objectionable language, that he accused party leaders of illicit relationship with party workers, while taking the names of the women who were involved in the so-called alleged acts and apparently one of the lady worker had to get an abortion done in a local hospital in London, United Kingdom.

According to the petitioner, Hussain also referred to the party leader, Atlaf Hussain with degrading names and ridiculing him and made several allegations. It is unfortunate that the noble professional of journalism is being destroyed every single day, by his indecent and unacceptable journalism, at his hands.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to declare that Dr Aamir has committed gross violation of code of conduct, 2015, and PEMRA Ordinance 2002, and chairman PEMRA has failed to stop and act against his violations.

He requested the court to declare that Aamir is using religion as a sword and shield at the same time to further his own gains at the cost of the safety and well-being of various individuals by conducting repeated hate speech amounting to incitement to violence due to which people have been killed while others receive death threats.

Petitioner also requested the court to declare that Dr Aamir has used electronic media and social media for hate speech, incite, abet, glamorise or justifying violence, commission of crime, terror and leads to serious public disorder and therefore he is liable to be banned lifetime on all medium including print media, electronic media and social media.   

He further prayed to the court to direct the chairman PEMRA to take serious action against him and ban him from hosting, appearing in any manner, including but not limited to, as a guest, analyst, reporter, actor, in audio, video, beeper, promo/advertisement in any electronic media.

He prayed to the court to direct the chairman PTA to immediately delete/block all social media accounts of Dr Aamir on internet.