Aamir Liaquat Hussain, a popular televangelist and lawmaker in Pakistan, died at the age of 50 after being found unconscious at his house in Karachi.
On Thursday morning, June 9, the anchor was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is being performed.
The head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was discovered unconscious at his residence in Khudad Colony and rushed to a private hospital in severe condition.
According to sources, Liaquat felt unwell on Wednesday night but declined to go to the hospital, according to Geo TV, Pakistan’s local news channel.
A scream was heard from Liaquat’s room Thursday morning, according to Javed, a Liaquat employee. From the inside, the room was locked. His domestic staff busted down the door to his room after receiving no reaction from the other end. He was discovered unresponsive and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the doctors.
Police initiated an investigation into Amir Liaquat’s death. The police also conducted a search at his home in Karachi’s Khudadad Colony.
Aamir Liaquat Hussain switched from televangelism to politics, becoming an MP for former prime minister, Imran Khan’s PTI party.
His career was plagued by controversy as he famously gave babies to childless couples on TV and was banned for hate speech.
He married a third time, but it ended in public and acrimony just a few months later. Dania Shah, his 18-year-old bride, filed for divorce in May, accusing him of domestic violence and drug addiction.
Those who were named and embarrassed on the televangelist’s shows complained to the government on a frequent basis. He would accuse them of blasphemy, betrayal, and immorality, among other things.
He served in parliament from 2002 until 2008, when the MQM party dismissed him. From 2004 until 2007, he was the Minister of State for Religious Affairs under then-President Pervez Musharraf.