SHC restrains police from exhuming Aamir Liaquat’s body

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By Staff Reporter

Karachi: High Court (SHC) restrained police from exhuming body of lawmaker and television personality Aamir Liaquat Hussain for a post-mortem examination to determine “actual cause of his death”.

Following Hussain’s sudden death on June 9, police had said an autopsy would be conducted but performed only a preliminary examination before relinquishing custody of body to his family after they refused an autopsy. He was buried  following day.

However, Hussain’s children Ahmad Aamir and Duaa-e-Aamir filed a petition in SHC expressing that they were “aggrieved” and “dissatisfied” at judicial magistrate’s “baseless and meritless” order and appealed for it to be dismissed.

Subsequently at hearing a two-member bench comprising Justice Junaid Ghaffar and Justice Amjad Ali Sahito, suspended judicial magistrate’s orders and issued notices to police, health authorities and magistrate.

Petition stated that before Hussain’s burial, police and other relevant authorities were present at Chhipa morgue, where a thorough external examination of body was conducted.

“It found that there was no mark of violence, wound, fracture, etc., which clearly transpires that no misshape (sic) had occurred with deceased and after completing all codal, legal and religious formalities exercise of burial was conducted.”

Police argued was insistent on conducting post-mortem but Hussain’s first wife had repeatedly refused it on pretext of family’s religious beliefs, adding that exhuming body more than 10 days later would be disrespectful towards deceased.

Police said Hussain’s residence had been sealed for further investigation after a crime scene unit examined house and collected evidence.