Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain was born in Karachi - the city of lights, on July 5th, 1972, he did his early schooling in his native city. Despite being the son of Sheikh Liaquat Husain, a renowned political and social figure and Ghousia Mehmooda Sultana, an activist of freedom movement and first female columnist of the country, Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain has earned his present status on his own merit. He studied at Liaquat Medical College for MBBS. Besides curricular activities he has participated greatly in extracurricular activities. As an intellectual, writer and orator, he is widely acknowledged. During his student days he became an icon of debating fraternity, winning the "Best debater of Asia award" bestowed by the International Youth Congress, United Nation. In addition, he was declared "Best debater of Pakistan" (eight times), "Best debater of Sindh" (thrice) and "Best debater of Karachi" (seventeen times).
After having gained a reputation of a speaker, he wanted to exhibit his writing skills. For this purpose he chose journalism to accomplish his aspirations. He was groomed to be a journalist; journalism runs in his blood because he has a wealthy journalistic family background. He decided to quit medical education and joined the field of journalism that proved to be a decision well made. In the beginning of his career, he learnt a lot from his beloved mother. Surprisingly mother and son, have so much in common; a delightful sense of humor, a fierce family loyalty, a concern for the country, endless vitality and a constant air of confidence no matter how great the offs or the pressures.
Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain is truly a legend of this era. A man of many qualities, prominent scholar who possesses a pleasing disposition, veteran journalist whose name become synonymous with truthfulness and bravery in the field of journalism, prolific columnist whose articles inspire his readers, a famous Naat khuwan whom Allah Almighty gifted a melodious voice, but above all this - he is a learned person and a true lover of Prophet Mohemmed (SAWW). Even his adversaries acknowledge this fact. He is a brilliant orator and author of high caliber. He possesses a style in speech and in his writing that is his very own and unique. He is a living example of ‘Iqbal s Deeda wer’ (a perceptive or knowledgeable person). His contribution both to electronic and print media is immense. In the late 90‘s, he started column writing and soon he became a leading Urdu columnist. He is one of the few columnists whose writings inspire their readers. For Urdu lovers of the country, he became a source of great ideological power, a symbol of revolt and dissent and love for humanity. Identifying himself with the masses of the poor and exploited, Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain made him known as an opponent of oppression and wrote compassionately of the human aspiration for their basic rights. Advocating "A Moderate Humanistic Ideology" he passionately championed social causes. He suffered many setbacks during his career, but he never compromised with circumstances and proved successfully that how a man can work under immense pressure.
In the mirror of his columns, he looks like a spokesperson for voiceless and the suffering people of Pakistan. On one hand, he writes about political issues of the country, while on the other hand, he raises his voice against those who violate humanistic values. On one side, he unveils extremist faces of those elements who wrongly interpret Islam before the world community, while on the other side, he exposes double standards of this Hippocratic society.
He stated in an interview that he has learned so much from column writing. He explains it in a poetic style of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the greatest Urdu poet of the recent past:
"I learnt the meaning of despair and frustration,
Of suffering and pain,
I learnt to understand the afflictions of downtrodden,
I learnt the meaning of chill sighs, of livid faces.
Wherever sitting weep those helpless ones whose tears,
flowering in their eyes, fall asleep or eagles
pounce on the morsels of the feeble one s
As they come spreading their wings, hovering,
Wherever the workman s flesh is sold in the market,
The blood of poor flows on the highroads,
something like a fire that is always in my breast mount up,
do not ask! No control over my heart is left to me."
Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain started his career in Geo TV Network first as a newscaster and subsequently became the channel‘s leading Anchor and Host. Soon he became an eminent figure of electronic media. As he has a strong religious inclination, he began to host a religious Program, named "Aalim Online". It revolutionized religious programming in the region and proved to be a record breaking program of its kind. It also became the identity of Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain. His emergence as one of few most distinguished scholars of his time, indicates that he has mature head upon his young shoulders. Through this program he resolved the problems of the masses. Perhaps the most astonishing characteristic of his intellect is the combination of idealism and realism, which enabled him to find out the root causes of social evils. In the beginning, two scholars were invited on the show; belonging from two major schools of thought. Almost every popular scholar has participated in the famous program "Aalim On Line" which he has been hosting for the last 13 years. When he appears on a television screen or a public gathering, thousands of people gather to listen; people remain glued to their place when he speaks. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain said that the reason behind doing this program is:
"My aim is not to satisfy the people, because I know that the answer of a Sunni scholar will never satisfy that member of Shia community or vice a versa. My aim is to bring people closer and to reduce their hatred for one another."
Indeed, he tried to bridge the gap and succeeded to bring both the sects closer, while Aalim Online became a symbol of love, peace and harmony. Through TV screen, Dr Aamir‘s speeches reached a vast audience and with the passage of time, his popularity and domination of speaking landscape became unquestionable in the country. Due to his intelligent and selfless service to the people, he became a prominent public figure and climbed the ladder to become a member of National Assembly in 2002. In 2004, he joined Federal Cabinet as Minister of State for religious affairs. As Minister of State for religious affairs, he did his level best for mutual understanding among different religions and worked hard for good relations among the different Islamic schools of thoughts.
2005 was the most sorrowful year of his life when his beloved mother passed away. Expressing his feelings on that mournful occasion, he said:
"I still remember her last 48 hours when she asked for pen and paper and wrote: "My children! I am leaving all of you; pray for me, good bye" It was her last wish that she may be laid to rest in the premises of mausoleum of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi. Allah Almighty enabled me to fulfill my mother‘s last wish."
Putting aside the grief of his personal loss, he set up a welfare foundation after the name of his mother. The prime objective for the establishment of "Mehmooda Sultana Foundation Trust" is to address the grievances of deserving people and to extend financial aid to the needy persons. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain is constantly working for the betterment of adverse people. His foundation has launched their mega project “Choolah Ghar”, where deprived and unfortunate people are being facilitated with Free Gas. Apart from this, Mehmooda Sultana Foundation is supplying food packs to poor people in different hospitals on daily basis.
In 2007 he resigned from Federal Cabinet. When British government awarded Devil Rushdie for the title of Knighthood and government of Pakistan remained silent, when carnage occurred in Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) situated in Federal Capital, he lost his patience and decided not only to step down as a Federal Minister but also as a National Assembly member. His resignation from cabinet was reported in banner headlines on the front pages of newspapers not only in Pakistan, but abroad as well.
Regarding the reason of his resignation, he said:
"The main turning point for me was the issue concerning Devil Rushdi who was awarded knighthood by the British queen. As a minister for religious affairs and as a Muslim, it was my primary duty to condemn this act. I am proud of the fact that I did my duty and vigorously condemned Devil Rushdi and those who wanted to confer knighthood upon him. Our own government officials who were under intense pressure from abroad, urged me to deny the statements that I had made in condemnation of Rushdi and his supporters, but instead of doing so, I thought it is better to resign, not only from the cabinet, but also from the assembly because, it too could do nothing practical on this issue”.
"Another point of difference with the government was related to Lal Masjid issue. I still believe and I shall continue to believe that whatever happened there was absolutely wrong. It was not a small incident. It will have grave and horrible consequences in the long run. I could not remain a part of such a government."
Later he devoted himself for religious and literary activities. He served more than eight years in GEO TV Networks but a point came where he had to leave the organization. Leaving such long association was indeed a painful step for him, he said:
"The times in your life come when you have to take certain tough decision which breaks your heart, but at the same time these steps have to be taken because the codes and principles are far more important than any materialistic thing in the world. And this is what happened, either I had to follow my codes and principles and to quit the organization or I had to compromise them and remain in the organization. But I chose the former, though it was not an easy task as some people believe GEO has given me name and fame and this is what I always regard, but this time I give preference to my morality and rules which I have drawn keeping in my mind what my Allah (swt) and my religion says."
He had joined ARY Networks as Managing director of QTV, the first and most popular Islamic channel of Pakistan and as Executive Director of ARY Digital. He continued doing his religious program with the name of "Aalim Aur Aalam" on ARY Networks. This program focused on religious and social issues at the same time.
Being an author of high caliber, he wrote many books. Recently, his finest work came in public; titled "Hamari Maan Khadeja (RA)" It is a biography of Syeda Khadeja (RA) the first wife of Prophet Mohemmed (SAWW) and first mother of believers as well. Renowned scholars like Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman & Dr Fazal Ahmed commented on the publication of this book as the most exhaustive and a most authentic biography of Syeda Khadeja (RA) published so far in Urdu. His newspaper columns that appeared in "Daily Jang" for the last two years have been published in book form, titled"Loud Speaker" and "Loud Speaker 2" . Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain‘s book about the signs of Judgment Day, titled"Aasar-e-Qayamat" is another milestone.
After working for two years in ARY Network, Geo TV Network got him back to the channel in 2012, where he executed the Record Breaking Transmission in Ramzan i.e. “Pehchan Ramzan”, the transmission grasped the hearts of millions of people, not only within Pakistan, but also on International level.
The New York Times admired his beyond the belief capabilities and regard him as “ A Superstar Televangelist in Pakistan ” , and “ Pakistan‘s Premier Televangelist ” . The article also excerpted that “ Mr. Husain is a Broadcasting sensation of Pakistan ” .
Dr Aamir Liaquat also does a special transmission named “Jumma Kareem” on Friday‘s on Geo TV Network, through which he is satisfying people’s queries and trying hard to clear the actual concepts of Islam. He has been playing a stupendous role for the last 13 Years to demolish the discrimination among the Muslims on the basis of different sects.
Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain has broken all previous records of Television programs. His Live programs on major Islamic events, i.e. Geo Ishq Mein Nabi Kay (Meelad un Nabi Salla Allahu alaihi wa’alihi wasallam), Sue Muntaha Woh Chaly Nabi Salla Allahu alaihi wa‘alihi wasallam (Shab-e-Mairaj) and Lailatul Mubarakah (Shab-e-Bara‘t) have gained highest record ratings in the media industry
On 11th July 2013, Geo Television network broadcasted a live program named ‘Amaan Ramazan’ with Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain for the month of Ramazan. With Mr. Husain’s intelligence and engaging skills, Amaan Ramazan became a huge success in the media industry worldwide. The program served the purpose to entertain people, while educating them about Islam. He managed to host the program twice a day, during Sehri and Iftaar till the end of Ramazan i.e 10th August 2013. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain and the program Amaan Ramazan, due to its purpose and originality, is recognized by 250+ media channels including international media, newspapers and electronic media.
CNN acknowledged the transmission and exclaimed Dr Aamir Liaquat’s presentation of Ramazan as a symbol of peace. Apart from the fact that Amaan Ramazan gained huge popularity nationally and internationally, having 254 GRP’s on the 22nd day of its transmission, it served many great causes as well. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain gave abandoned babies to childless couples during the program. He took a step forward to encourage the process of adopting in the country where the sick crime of infanticide or abandoning a baby due to numerous reasons is present. He aspires to encourage adoption and to aware childless couples so that homeless babies live the life they deserve.
Dr Aamir Liaquat, despite the criticism he received by journalists, liberals and the masses, stands by his word always and did not stop working towards his positive motives. The Holy month of Ramazan brought utmost joy to the viewers as well as the audience. Dr Aamir Liaquat gave away prizes in return of correct answers from the audience. Mobile phones, motorbikes, laptops and welfare help was given to all sects of people. On the last day of the live transmission of ‘Amaan Ramazan’, people were encouraged to spread love, peace and abolish discrimination in the society by Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain.
The year 2014 started with a great achievement for Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain, as his name is included in 500 most influential Muslims in the world, for his love of Prophet Mohemmed (SAWW). 2014 Rabi-ul-Awal transmission, ‘Ya Nabi Assalam‘ by Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain celebrated the birthday of Holy Prophet Mohemmed (SAWW) with enthusiasm. The transmission was on air live on the night of 11th Rabi-ul-Awal from the mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi and almost 18,000 people gathered to become a part of the pious jubilation at night, while millions watched the transmission on Television. On 12th Rabi-ul- Awal, Dr Aamir Liaquat broke even more records with his in-studio live transmission from 12 noon to 12 midnight, delivering the viewers with powerful content regarding the Holy Prophet Mohemmed (SAWW).
He has done a LIVE Transmission ‘Inaam Ghar’ of 3 hours on every Thursday and Saturday. The program effectively supports his long living purposes – to bring people together, bring happiness and joy, demolish discrimination from the society. The program, Inaam Ghar is an educational and entertainment family game show. The idea behind such a humongous program was the need of family entertainment in the society. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain realized the gap that has been constantly expanding in our homes, where most us couldn’t watch a drama or a show comfortably with another family member without being embarrassed. He bridged the gap by re-introducing family entertainment in houses, where all could enjoy irrespective of age or gender. The program was a hit among the masses. People enjoyed being a part of it. Inaam Ghar revived old games, memories and thoughts of society. It promoted positivity in everyone. People are awarded with worthy prizes on answering questions correctly and winning games. The transmission has broken records and has been watched all over the globe! On Shab-e-Mairaj, a transmission named ‘Soye La maka wo Chale NABI (SAWW)’ on aired in which 8000+ people gathered to be a part of it.
Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain joined Express Network as its President and Group Editor to Religious Affairs in June. He had his reasons to quit from GEO and he did it for his country. Before leaving GEO, he put every ounce of energy trying to ease the tension between GEO, Pakistan Army and the people, but due to the circumstances; and to prove his love and respect for Pakistan, he moved to Express Network. By making the move, he proved that his a responsible and patriotic national of Pakistan.
Recently he has done a 19 hour long LIVE marathon Ramazan transmission named ‘Pakistan Ramazan’. The transmission aspired to bring peace, love and harmony in the society while eliminating the extremist factors residing within. With every day, the transmission made new records, having 2888 GRPS from 1-27th Ramazan. The transmission offered more knowledge, more insight about the socio-religious issues, promoted more love, inspired more lives and gave more prizes generously to the audience! The transmission also received recognition from BBC. Pakistan Ramazan was a one of its kind transmission. Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain’s support and high spirit for his country and Pakistan Army made it the most exclusive transmission, through which he put forward a positive image of Pakistan before the world.
Dr Aamir Liaquat Husain has been mesmerizing many hearts with his work and he plans to go for even brighter goals in the future.