- PTI MNA-elect is charged with making abusive comments on TV
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday fined TV personality and PTI’s MNA-elect Aamir Liaquat Hussain Rs 20,000 for not appearing in court in a contempt case.
The fine will go towards the Diamer-Bhasha dam fund.
During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar asked the accused’s lawyer why his client should not be arrested for not appearing in court despite being summoned.
Faisal Qureshi, the lawyer for the petitioners, argued that Aamir Liaquat had levelled false allegations against politicians and media personalities on his show on Bol TV.
The CJP said that Aamir Liaquat had previously assured the court that he would not make any defamatory remarks on his TV programmes. He added that the court will investigate transcripts of his shows to verify if he had defied the court by making any abusive statements.
The SC adjourned the case hearing till Friday.
The petitions for defamatory material were filed against Liaquat by Independent Media group, Mir Shakilur Rehman, Najam Sethi and Shahzeb Khanzada.
Earlier, in general elections, Aamir Liaquat won a seat from the constituency NA-245 (Karachi) on a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ticket.
AAMIR LIAQUAT FACES TROUBLE ON TWITTER:
On August 1, Aamir Liaqat was the focus of controversy on Twitter when he posted a photo of Senator Sherry Rehman, MMA spokesperson Owais Noorani and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with a provocative caption.
Upon negative reaction from Twitter users, Liaquat was forced to take down his tweet and make a public apology.
He tweeted, “Twitter didn’t delete my tweet, I deleted it myself cause I later realized it might look bad for you. I have respect for you because of the issues you raised in NA when I was there too. It is a misunderstanding, I was targeting MMA Owais Norani, not you. I apologise @sherryrehman.”
PEMRA BANS LIAQUAT FOR ONE MONTH
In May, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned the PTI leader for 30 days for making hate speeches on TV. He was banned from making any television appearances during Ramzan.
According to reports, the television host was guilty of using Ramzan transmissions as an excuse for making sensational and controversial statements to invite drama.