Aamir Liaquat autopsy:
Six-member medical
board formed on
court’s orders

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KARACHI: A six-member medical board has been formed for the exhumation of Aamir Liaquat’s body and to conduct an autopsy on court’s orders, ARY News reported.

According to details, a six-member medical board headed by surgeon Samiya Syed has been formed on the court’s orders to exhume Aamir Liaqat’s body.

Amir Liaquat Hussain

The team would exhume Amir’s body on June 23 and conduct an autopsy to confirm if he died of natural reasons or was murdered. Additional Police surgeon Shahid Nizam, HOD forensic medicine Jinnah Pervez, Forensic expert Dr Hariram Lohana, Dr Gulzar Ali Solangi and MLO Dr Areeb Baqai are also part of the medical board.

On June 20, a local court in Karachi ordered the formation of a medical board for the post-mortem examination of former TV host and politician Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

Judicial Magistrate East Wazeer Hussain Memon had written a letter to the provincial health secretary to constitute a medical board and fix a date for the exhumation of the body.

The station house officer (SHO) of the Brigade Police Station was told to make necessary arrangements in this regard. A police report was also presented that stated that they could not identify the reasons behind the death without an internal examination of the body.

A judicial magistrate in Karachi directed the relevant authorities on Saturday to conduct a post-mortem examination of deceased lawmaker and television personality Aamir Liaquat Hussain, who passed away on June 9 and was buried the next day.

In a copy of the order, which is available with Dawn.com, Judicial Magistrate (East) Wazeer Hussain Memon stated, “It is crystal clear that the cause of death of deceased is still uncertain which itself has raised question on the death, either it is natural or unnatural, and could only be ascertained after exhumation of dead body and its examination.”

He further wrote, “In the given facts and circumstances of the case at hand and particularly in light of guidelines set by honourable superior courts on the subject, I am of the considered view that disinterment of the body of deceased Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain is inevitable to determine the actual cause of his death in order to remove suspicions and clouds of doubt over his death.”

Funeral prayers of Aamir Liaquat Hussain being offered in Karachi. 

Following Hussain’s sudden death, the police said an autopsy would be conducted, but the move was refused by his family and the police conducted only a preliminary examination before relinquishing custody of the body.

On Friday a citizen named Abdul Ahad had filed an application in the court of Judicial Magistrate (East) Wazeer Hussain Memon, seeking Hussain’s post-mortem, arguing that in light of previous “judgments passed by the superior courts, reasonable suspicion is considered to be sufficient, to ascertain the actual cause of death of the deceased to exonerate doubts”.

He further contended that the deceased’s heirs not giving consent for an autopsy was not a “legal/valid ground to deny the request” for a post-mortem examination.

The petitioner moved the court for holding “medical examination, disinterment, exhumation and post-mortem of the dead body of the deceased for the sake of justice and to discover and ascertain the real/actual cause of death of the deceased”.

He also sought the issuance of directives for the Sindh health director-general to form a medical board for the purpose and send Hussain’s samples to the Punjab Forensic Science Agency in Lahore for forensic examination and other tests.

The State, East district senior superintendent of police (SSP) and Brigade police station house officer (SHO) were nominated as respondents in the plea.

The court had fixed the plea for hearing at 9am today after issuing notices to the East district SSP, Brigade police SHO and Hussain’s family. It had reserved its judgement on the plea this morning after hearing arguments by the respondents’ lawyers.

While presenting his arguments, Sajjad Ali Dashti, who was representing the state, said Hussain’s heirs were objecting to his post-mortem examination saying that conducting the procedure would cause “pain to his soul”. “The heirs also say they have no doubts on anyone” in relation to Hussain’s death, the lawyer added.

Moreover, a police report submitted to the court stated that according to the police surgeon, the cause of Hussain’s death could not be ascertained until an “internal examination of the body is conducted”.

The court had reserved its judgement on the matter after hearing these arguments and issued directions for Hussian’s post-mortem examination later in the day.

The written order issued later in the day stated that while Hussain’s children were his grave’s custodians, “when the death is suspicious and there are chances of commission of an offence or otherwise, then it is the basic scheme of criminal law that criminal machinery has to be set into motion to unearth fact behind the scene.”