The Sindh High Court (SHC) has suspended a Karachi judicial magistrate’s order to carry out exhumation and postmortem of TV personality and politician Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s body.
The famous televangelist had suddenly passed away on June 9, following which the court had ordered a post-mortem to investigate the cause of death. However, they had to hand over custody of his body to his family, who were opposing the post-mortem, and he was buried the next day.
Subsequently, a petition had been approved by a judicial magistrate in Karachi, which had them ordered the exhumation of Aamir Liaquat’s body, scheduled for June 23. A six-member medical board, headed by police surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed, had been formed for the autopsy.
The children of the deceased had approached the SHC to object to the orders given by the magistrate.
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.
The SHC accepted the petitioner’s plea, and issued a stay order for the autopsy. Notices were also sent to Abdul Ahad — the petitioner of the plea seeking an autopsy — and other respondents of the case, instructing them to submit their replies at the next hearing.
Aamir Liaquat’s first wife Dr. Bushra had been opposing the autopsy since he passed away, saying it was disrespectful and painful to the deceased, and that Islam does not allow it either.