The worst that Aamir Liaquat has had to offer to TV

From naagin dances to on-air adoptions, what else can we expect from him?

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: If you were to ask someone “who is Aamir Liaqat?” have you ever wondered what their answer would be? Ulema? Entertainer? Politician? The subject of numerous memes and jokes? For all intents and purposes, Aamir Liaqat is an enigma. He leaves no stone unturned in the name of entertainment, but that’s not always a good thing. Often a time, the length hes’s gone to get the ratings has left his guests feeling upset, has disrespected places of sanctity and has put morals and ethics on the back burner. Here’s a list of things that Aamir Liaqat has done on his show on national television which left everyone wondering. but why?

1. That time he made fun of Sri Devi and Irrfan Khan’s death

This happened on Aamir Liaquat Hussain’s Jeeway Pakistan show when Adnan Siddiqui was a guest. Liaquat joked that two human lives were saved thanks to Siddiqui, namely Rani Mukharjee and Bipasha Basu. His reasoning was that Siddiqui worked with both Sri Devi and Irrfan Khan and they both passed away and so because he chose to turn down the  movies starring Mukharjee and Basu, he saved their lives.

Siddiqui was unamused. He even tried to interject at one point but Liaquat was swift to cut him off and went on with his crude jokes despite the fact it was clear that Siddiqui wasn’t happy. Siddiqui took to Instagram to call Liaquat out for his “callous” joke and said that he “regrets being on the show”.


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While Aamir Liaquat did issue an apology, it seemed more like a justification of his actions and the apology fell flat.

2. The infamous ‘Aam khayega, aam’?

Who can forget that awful segment when Liaquat force-fed a guest a mango during his Ramadan transmission on Express TV. The clip is extremely painful to watch as he tauntingly asks his guest if he wants to eat a mango. This goes on for a few seconds and ends with Liaquat stuffing a mango into the guest’s mouth. The whole situation is messy and difficult to watch and seems as though Liaquat is taking perverse pleasure in the force-feeding. The audience is clearly uncomfortable with what is unfolding as well. He then goes on to eat the same mango and licks his fingers that are dripping with mango pulp. Viewer discretion is advised.

3. The on-air adoptions

During Liaquat’s Amaan Ramzan transmission, two baby girls who had been abandoned were handed over to a family who was happy to adopt them. While we get giving away bikes, cars, Firdous ki lawn and electronics, this was a far cry from gifts. What is meant to be a personal and private matter, for both the parents and the child, was used as a ratings boost. While Liaquat was very proud of himself for going on this “noble cause”, child welfare advocates disagreed and expressed concern about how the lack of confidentiality would impact the families especially considering how adoption is still a taboo.

4. The suicide reenactment

We’re not sure why Aamir Liaquat thought it would be funny to reenact someone’s suicide on his show but he did. His show ended up getting banned for three days by PEMRA. But that wasn’t the only thing wrong with that particular episode. Despite it being a Ramadan transmission, the show featured a guest who was using abusive language as well as Liaquat hugging a pole while an audience member is singing.

Comment: Sanam Baloch’s interview with Aamir Liaquat is shameful

5. The naagin dance

Social media is having a field day with the memes being made out of Aamir Liaquat and his recent stunt on the show. Rolling on the floor trying to make snake-like movements left people one part bewildered and two parts shocked that this was all happening in the name of a Ramadan transmission.

Aamir Liaquat never ceases to amaze us with his antics, but it’s not always a good thing. We’re left to wonder when will channels stop allowing these things from airing.

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