Delusion, denial and ‘Dr’ Liaquat

Published: August 17, 2011

george.fulton@tribune.com.pk

The subject line read “Aamir Liaquat Exposed”. To be honest, I was reluctant to click open the link my friend sent. Having just eaten dinner, I was disinclined to see the good ‘doctor’ laid bare. My mind had wandered to far darker thoughts. Instead, when I eventually clicked the link I saw a video of Aamir Liaquat swearing away. A wave of relief and sympathy washed over me. Relief that it wasn’t the exposure I had imagined it to be, and a fleeting sympathy for the TV evangelist. But the sympathy only lasted a nanosecond, mind you.

Most of us have uttered curses that we would not wish to be made public. Locker-room chat that is acceptable with the boys is not something we would want repeated in front of our wives or mothers-in-law. But then again, most of us don’t propagate an air of piety, uttering gaalis whilst talking about verses from the Holy Scriptures. That is the galling hypocrisy of this unedifying incident. What really sticks in the throat is the man’s cynical disregard for the very same people he professes to love and care about. It was particularly odious to see him sniggering as a woman caller sought advice on the sensitive subject of the legality of suicide in the scenario of protecting a woman’s honour. The very same people who gave him his success are the very people his sniggering disrespects.

It’s fine to swear like a lafunga on a motorbike at Seaview. Less so if you have made millions projecting a holiness that has made you managing director of a television channel that broadcasts religious programmes and also a former minister of religious affairs — in effect, a powerful, rich and influential man.

So what does this religious man do when he’s caught being less than godly? Does he throw his hands up, apologise and confess his sins and ask for forgiveness? Hardly. No, the man with no shame instead compounded the mistake by brazenly lying to the people of Pakistan. Yes, the not-so-good doctor had the temerity to claim that this was all a trick of editing and dubbing. It wasn’t him speaking, singing or clapping his hands. He claimed it was a dastardly plot hatched by his former employers in revenge for the popularity of his Ramazan programmes. Carefully ignoring the fact that it was those very same former employers who hastily pulled the video from YouTube soon after the footage emerged. If you believe his assertion about the dubbing and editing you’ll believe anything — or, at least, that Pakistan’s poor cricket performance was dependent upon the colour of their shoes’ soles. Ah. And there lies the problem.

For me, the good ‘doctor’ has exuded as much sincerity as the president exudes incorruptibility. But this view is clearly in the minority. People love him. And after this revelation, they will continue to love and support him. They’ll believe whatever he tells them. Already, we are seeing people calling his show, supporting his falsehoods and consoling him.

This reaction exposes a deeper malaise in Pakistani society. As a people, we seem intrinsically drawn to egotists, narcissists and demagogues. We love the masala, drama and showboating these characters provide. Whether it is a Bhutto, a Zaid Hamid or an Aamir Liaquat, we look to these people for simple answers to complex problems. Preferring their demagoguery and simplistic solutions to the heavy lifting of using our own grey matter.

So we loved it when Bhutto tore up the papers and stormed out of the Security Council at the UN. We find Zaid Hamid irresistible when he’s blaming the Jews and Hindus for all of Pakistan’s ills. We trust Aamir Liaquat’s superstitious claptrap when he blames the Pakistani cricket team’s poor performance on the green colour of the soles of the team’s shoes. Where’s the empirical evidence, ‘Dr’ Liaquat? So it wasn’t due to poor coaching or match-fixing then? But the colour painted by some poor sweatshop kid in China?

Distrustful of reasoning and logic, we mindlessly follow these characters. They enrich themselves at the expense, as well as the naivety and gullibility, of the Pakistani population. My mother and aunts-in-law — good law-abiding people — would regularly unquestioningly regurgitate the nonsense spouted by these charades. Why? It was easier than searching for the truth, or — heaven forbid — thinking for themselves.

The reaction to Aamir Liaquat’s exposure also reveals another problem within the Pakistani society. We are a nation in denial. Even when faced with the truth about these unsavoury characters we are still unable to accept their faults. Like small children, we can’t accept the truth even when it’s staring us in the face. Pakistan can only resolve its problems when it’s able to accept some uncomfortable, unpalatable truths about its society. The supporters of Dr Aamir Liaquat are a manifestation of the fact that this will not happen anytime soon.

The exposure of Aamir Liaquat exposes some of the country’s inherent contradictions and character flaws. My friend, Nadeem Farooq Paracha, often says that the problems with Pakistan aren’t economic, political or social — they’re psychological. He has a point. We have developed a Stockholm syndrome with the egomaniacs on our screens. Falling in love with them rather than contemptuously rejecting them. And when they have been revealed to be phonies, we continue to delude ourselves into believing their bold faced lies. It is time we turned the alim online, off.

There’s an African proverb that states that ‘singing Hallejullah everywhere does not prove piety’. Remember that next time you hear ‘Assalamualekum warehmatullah’ from Hardilazeez Aamir Liaquat Hussain.

 

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.

Reader Comments (456)

  • waqar
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:01PM

    Excellently written article. Exactly my sentiments.

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  • Musa Bajwa
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:02PM

    This Hypocrite Needs to be brought downRecommend

  • Musa Bajwa
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:02PM

    By that i meant DR sahib.

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  • Abu Bakr Agha
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:04PM

    So very true George. We are the biggest obstacle in our own road towards progress, and this incident and the general reaction to it is just reflection on i micro level. I suppose if I read a script and claim to be a religious scholar on TV, i can do no wrong.

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  • Ahmad
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:08PM

    All good and well, but please dont compare Zaid Hamid and Aamir-lets-kill-all-the-Ahmedis-Liaquat with Bhutto.
    Other than that, good article which will make people think for about a nanosecond, before they move on. Like you said, God forbid we use our brains which after all God provided us for that very purpose.Recommend

  • Aug 17, 2011 - 9:09PM

    It’s interesting how you use the word “We” and yet you’re the one who left the country…

    but I do agree with your point of views nonetheless..

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  • Hashmat Ali
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:15PM

    true that we follow phonies and develop our ideologies based on their teachings rather then making our own.

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  • Zee
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:19PM

    Absolutely right, it was obvious that our poor simple fellow men were worshiping amir liaqat like a religious leader, a man who doesn’t like to respect woman, ask the females taff of geo how much they hate amir liaqt for his dirty and abusive attitude. Even the young interns used to make fun of this man just becuz he harrass people with his natural cheap style , I m sure half of the viewers will still be in denial and will support this cheap low standard comedianRecommend

  • Frank
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:20PM

    There’s an African proverb that states
    that ‘singing Hallejullah everywhere
    does not prove piety’.

    There’s an English proverb that goes something like ‘Mind your own business.’

    Am I alone in finding this Englishman’s tone and message patronising and offensive?Recommend

  • Urooj
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:25PM

    It is, indeed, a sad day. Reading comments that parrot what Amir Liaquat said (it was all editing and was done by people jealous of his success), I was saddened, yet again. Just when I think there may be SOME hope of us turning a new leaf, people stand up for completely corrupt and unethical demagogues. I’ll take the “easy” way out and throw my hands up and give up on this society altogether.

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:28PM

    great article! I agree that we are victim of our own faults and mistakes and you might be happy to know that some of the youth is working on it. We were working on making Pakistan better by making ourselves better and not blaming others for our mistakes. I don’t care if that video was good or not but I know one things that a wise man is the one who learn good and leave bad and a weak minded learns bad and leave good no matter in what situation you put him in. Ego has been a big problem for us for decades, and I believe that we all will open our eyes and try to be better on our own first. When I read articles like these I see comments either saying good article or just criticizing the article. Only few people give value to their comment. I am a student myself and don’t have much of an intellectual level as most of the other readers but one thing I learned from my friend is being optimistic, being consistent and being helpful is the way to rebuilt a nation. We need to open our hearts for each other. I am tired of reading that Pakistani nation is a great nation now its time to be one. Pakistan needs new soul (nation).

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  • Shehryar
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:30PM

    George,

    You forget that the tape was made by a technically advanced entity such as a “TV channel” and they used the magical “editing machine” and it was all “cut2cut, cut2cut” so OBVIOUSLY it was fake! Now stop being a British agent for the Ahmedis and please join us for Iftari in Mezan Ramazan Hamsafar….

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  • Rehan Aqib
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Very good article with deep analysis about Pakistan society as a whole…

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  • Malik
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:36PM

    what a brilliant article… Video editing is not a joke… this level of video editing that Amir Liaquat is claiming is impossible to achieve… even for CIA… his lips matches and body language… everything matches… yes Pakistanis want to listen to his Islam coz he twists and turns it for them…
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  • Aug 17, 2011 - 9:36PM

    And “D”ear Ghalib.

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  • Aug 17, 2011 - 9:42PM

    As much as i dislike that fake liaqat person, and believe that we live in a mental state of persistent denial, yet this time the reaction by people wasnt as hopeless as suggested in this article. Most of the polls conducted show a clear win of 90 over 10% where the majority believes the video is genuine and are disgusted by the reality of that self-proclaimed ‘scholar’. just check fb pages, those in his favor and defense are minute compared to those bashing him for his hypocrisy. plus even if we leave cyber stats out of it, this issue is one of the most discussed things everywhere, whether im in university or just in some other casual circle, i find most people voicing against him now. but ofcourse there are some exceptions of die hard blind fans-but they are pretty less compared to those talking sense so it sends a positive vibe. generally we have the case of majority acting nuts verses a few sane voices, so this time if things are a little better then lets not lament on people acting their usual way when they actually are not. leave that for other incidents, which are bound to occur-packaged with the typical irrational reaction of people.

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  • Muhammad Ahmed
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:43PM

    Hey George,
    I respect you as a Pakistani. You are indeed weirdly courageous amongst us to point out our flaws as people with psychological problems. Well, more generally we are people trying our best to survive. I was kind of sad when I heard you had left Pakistan but where you are you definitely have some aspects of Pakistan with you and you show your care in a unique criticizing way by observing us and actually being concerned about us. The thing with having a split personality in home, in school or even in workplace is considered norm among our nation because of false sense of respect which is ingrained into us. I totally believe in respecting elders and religious figures but at the end of the day honesty with a certain sense of decorum should also be appreciated. I think honesty should also be displayed about extreme liberals too like your friend NFP who indeed has his own opinion but tends to insist on a version of country which the whole majority is certainly not ready to accept in present form. His biased crtitiques also ten to favor a party which is writing a new manual on ” How to be completely incompetent and remain in Power”. His own past events and respect for liberal militancy which was openly displayed on his blog leaves me a little daunted when none of the other media people feel the need to point out this other version of hypocracy. I think people need to be exposed for their true selfs including our politicians. It may not impact all of their ardent followers but it will at least leave the ground open for others who want to make more rational decisions based on available facts.

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  • Mirza
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Dear George, you are trying to shovel against the tide. Your advice would fall on deaf ears, to say the least. I don’t know who this con man is/was, but it is not his fault. If people are looking for false heros then it is their own choice. Even a con man has a right to make a living. Why do peole believe in all they see on TV? It is all acting and a gateway to movies and politics. Not much is real in movies and on TV, it is not a rocket science to know that. Let us not try to confuse things with logic as far as naive public is concerned. They would continue to love con artists in religious garb.
    I do love your article though. Nice try!

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  • Zee
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Absolutely right, it was obvious that our poor simple fellow men were worshiping amir liaqat like a religious leader, a man who doesn’t like to respect woman, ask the females taff of geo how much they hate amir liaqt for his dirty and abusive attitude. Even the young interns used to make fun of this man just becuz he harrass people with his natural cheap style , I m sure half of the viewers will still be in denial and will support this cheap low standard comedian

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  • M M Malik
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:51PM

    He is a ignorant hypocrite plain and simple. Predictions of such people were made fourteen hundred years ago and have been incorporated in our holy scriptures.

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  • Talha Bin Masood
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Excellent!!!…Brilliant!…. And I hope people will not “Fall in Love” with George for this…..rather would try to understand the point he is trying to highlight…..great effort George!….

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  • Mrs. R.Ghayur
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:57PM

    Despite the fact that this filthy video is out and circulating on facebook the creep is still on our tv screens all hours of the day. As ‘har dil azeez’ as ever. People are falling over themselves to hear him, to make calls and to idolize him.
    Somone put the phone number of the CEO ARY on FB. Text messages have been sent to make a point but of course, as they say, They are all in it together.Recommend

  • Bilal Ashfaq Memon
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:17PM

    This article is brilliant!

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  • ahsan221
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:21PM

    Excellent….

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  • hadia khan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:24PM

    @Frank: i am assuming you have your answer….you are the only one who found “this Englishman’s tone and message patronising and offensive”. Peace!

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  • Sami
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:25PM

    i agree with George’s views…indeed as Ummah, we have given up our quest for knowledge by self-studying and critical reading …instead we tend to look up to the scholars in the media and believe whatever they tell us!

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  • dude
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:25PM

    @Urooj, sounding educated. Throwing im some great GRE words but still calling the video a fake. Im utterly flabbergasted. I have educated, brilliant friends. Epitomes of intelligence. Yet when they say this video is fake i feel like banging my head against the wall.

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  • Aug 17, 2011 - 10:30PM

    @Frank: I’d say the proverb “Mind your own business” simply does not apply to this man, given how much he has researched on Pakistan and integrated himself with it. In fact, he has all the right to make any and all statements he made, and I for one agree with him completely. What he said was a hundred percent correct and I salute this man for caring enough about Pakistan to express his opinions and concern in the way he did.

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  • waqqas iftikhar
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:41PM

    @frank – yes….you are alone….i believe it was hazrat ali (rA) who said….’ye dekho kay kya keh raha hai….ye nahin kay kaun keh raha hai’…..

    george…nail on head……aamir liaquat is beyond fakeRecommend

  • Shahzeb
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:41PM

    George, the one thing I LOVE about this article is the fact that you didn’t follow the path of the shameless baffoons who blame Liaqat’s discrepancies on the society at large. Yes, the men here indulge in overzealous cursing but they’re not flaunting the “Hellelujah” tag like he is. Write more about him so you can tell the Pakistanis how to lead a balanced life free of hypocrisy. Even the simplest analysis of this article of yours serves as a lesson on being straightforward, denouncing hypocrisy in religious matters and otherwise. Well Done!Recommend

  • parvez
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Amir Liaquat has survived worse and thrived, its a pathetic situation. Nicely explained.

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  • Azad
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:51PM

    At least now people know what happens off-air in studios of Pakistan. This is the camera’s miracle when it is ON it makes most inhuman object a man. We must not take for granted what is being shown on TV programs.Those pious faces are really not what they pretend. I wonder why Pakistanis eulogize him as religious scholar.

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  • Nadeem
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:53PM

    I always suspected this guy….he resembled Jimmy Swaggart and some of the other fallen-from-grace American televangelists too much. Granted, he hasn’t been caught in a whore house yet, but he has certainly breached the trust thousands seem to vest in him. For that reason he ought to be fired.

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  • Magsi
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:55PM

    His callers could be as fake as the ‘Dr’ himself. Who knows! but at least his ‘veil’ has been lifted.

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  • Fahad
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:57PM

    While the things you’re saying may be true, you need to keep one thing in mind, the people who watch Amir Liaquat’s show are hardly people who’d be following trends on facebook, and while they certainly must’ve heard about the video, most of them probably haven’t seen it. The very people who saw and shared the video on facebook are busy making facebook groups, funny little status updates, and posters for films staring ‘doctor’ sahab himself

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  • billzz
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:57PM

    wel i just want to add little to all this .. and i slightely disagree with the point of view that people are still blindely following him .. the calls !!! in his sehri show !! ever thought they could all b fabricated ??? i mean, what are the odds of u getting a call from makkah, then the v next from madina ,all in your support very firmly, and then the next one asking a question that is just a perfect fit there to support amir liaqats point as an answer to it …. GEORGE great insight , just take my poin into consideration,Recommend

  • aicha
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:59PM

    I am the least bit interested in this issue.
    HOWEVER in general, if someone on tv is preaching ISLAM according to the Quran and Sunnah. Nothing else that he says, Matters, Nobody is perfect and the Prophet himself has said that you dont have to do good to preach good (right way of Islam).

    AND..if that person is creating innovations (biddat) by tweaking circumstances in ISLAM, he should be thrown off the channel at once. Changing a religion for the ease of oneself, is a new religion.

    This is the hadith I was talking about:
    Anas relates that, “We asked the Prophet ﷺ, ‘O Messenger of Allah ﷺ, shouldn’t we refrain from calling others to goodness if we don’t practice all good things ourselves, and shouldn’t we refrain from forbidding wrong things until we ourselves have abstained from all the bad?’ ‘No,’ he replied, ‘You should call others to goodness even if you don’t do all good, and you should forbid bad things even if you don’t abstain from all of them yourselves.’” (Al-Tabarani)

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  • Ovais
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:00PM

    george amazing article , so true weather it be ethnic issues, or even Spot fixing scandal we have always been a nation in denialRecommend

  • hassan khan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:03PM

    He is Sob hired by equally hypocrite channel.these kind of people mislead innocent muslims in the name of Naat and islam and in real life they do vulgar and cheat acts.Recommend

  • Imran
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:12PM

    Few things to be noted here. If such an incident was to happen in a western country, the person being accused would immediately or notify publicly that he intends to sue the new channel whose footage was used and the production people.

    One of the most important things to note here is, if you know you are innocent and have genuine evidence that you are innocent why would you not bring that out and clear this accusation once and for all.

    By genuine evidence I mean the people (the 3 scholars and 1 naat khawan I only mentioned these people because they are well known) that were also in the video. If he is truly innocent then he would bring these people on his show and have them clarify that this never happened and the video is FAKE.

    Three days or so have passed and we have not seen these people on his show clarifying his position. Instead we see people are calling and saying that video is FAKE/dubbed/edited and they would never suspect him to do such things.

    If he is innocent and brings these people on his show to clarify, not only will this clear his name it will bring more respect and popularity for him probably 10 times his current.

    If he is not going to do such for whatever reason, I think media should step in and go and interview these people (the 3 scholars and 1 naat khawan) to see if this really happened. I think it is the responsibility of the media to intervene in these matters.

    Beyond this I would say the matter is now between him and Allah. The Quran ascribes to Allah is khayru al-makireen (is used in Suras 8:30 and 10:21), that Allah is “the best deceiver/schemer/conniver/planner.” So the real truth will come out one day.

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  • Fortune Cookie
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:14PM

    @George : To change the phyche, the requirements are enormouse and the time required is not available. What is required is for the young to get into parliament and change the FEUDAL way of thinking or to produce another one in Pakistan for an instant recipe.Recommend

  • D
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:19PM

    True words, but I may not have found this post offensive if it had come from a Pakistani.

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  • Aug 17, 2011 - 11:21PM

    Excellent Article , every word of it had a truth in it , and something for the nation to think about it .

    Its time for us to change

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  • hammad
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:21PM

    If geo tv was aware of this disgusting swearing habit of his, they should have kicked him out then as he was not practicing what he preached. ISLAM is being commercialized by these channels where they distribute i Pods, DVD players, tv’s which have nothing to do with the propagation and preaching of ISLAM. Islam needs to be protected from these hypocrites.

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  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:22PM

    The video is fake. No true Mussalman could ever use such abusive language. It is a plot by the RAW-CIA-MOSSAD axis to malign Pakistan, the Land of the Pure.

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  • live and let live!
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:27PM

    I love his work but we need to admit that this has been a real eye opener.
    Also I think this gentleman is correct in what he writes and can you explain to me please how you think that what Amir has said and done could be edited? Have you actually heard the swearing??? I don’t want to admit it either but unfortunately we have to!!!!!@Urooj:

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  • Aug 17, 2011 - 11:31PM

    sniff The article brought tears to my eyes.
    pointing back towards the video I just can’t get, how people can’t get that hand movements cannot, under any circumstances be induced in the video.Recommend

  • Shan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:33PM

    Beautiful !!! Loved it!

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  • Asfandyar
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:35PM

    I like the part, “the problems with Pakistan aren’t economic, political or social — they’re psychological.”

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  • mind control
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:48PM

    @Frank

    There’s an English proverb that goes something like ‘Mind your own business.’
    Am I alone in finding this Englishman’s tone and message patronising and offensive?Recommend1.

    Well Frank, you wrote it and also have 1 recommend. This obviously means that you are not all alone. Whether it also means that a majority of the respondents share your view? Your guess is as good as mine.

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  • adeel qadri
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:49PM

    rightly said. how they lie in front of all, thinking that the whole nation is absurd.Recommend

  • Sundus
    Aug 17, 2011 - 11:59PM

    @Frank:
    Sure…Ignore the problems addressed in the article and analyse the “tone”. We will surely find solutions that way!

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  • SAM
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:00AM

    I totally agree with this article. Swearing is not the big sin here. It is the projection of a holy and pious attitude while being behaving contrary to that the minute the cameras are shut off. Hypocrisy is the main problem here. And to top that off with his blatant denial of a video evidence no less and blaming it on conspiracies, this guy is a sociopath who needs to be removed from television

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:08AM

    @Magsi:
    I believe he has a fake degree from Spain.Recommend

  • mind control
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:12AM

    @Magsi
    His callers could be as fake as the ‘Dr’ himself. Who knows! but at least his ‘veil’ has been lifted.

    I would tend to believe you. Because on the very next day, when the har dil aziz Dr Sahib was trying to squirm his way through, he ‘received’ two ‘audience’ calls. The first, according to the Dr Sahib was from Mecca and the second one from Medina. Dr Sahib of course made a song and dance about these calls being divine signs of his innocence.
    I for one, would like these calls and the callers, investigated further.Will the channel, for the sake of honesty, oblige us by providing the names and numbers of the callers, please.Recommend

  • saqib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:14AM

    Great observation George. And this exact observation extends to our political leaders. I simply cannot fathom why or how we still support them. I was actually pondering over the answer to the question how come so many of my well educated acquaintances keep supporting the Sharifs, the Bhuttos and the Zardaris when they have such a abysmal track record.

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  • saqib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:15AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan: Keep living the dream buddy. Best of luck to you.

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:18AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan:
    This is a joke, right? Sort of toungue-and-cheek?

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 12:19AM

    the video looks edited at some place but he is a drama king
    i also found this interesting facts on the link given below… it seems that it is fight fight between two media houses for ratings…
    http://www.awamiweb.com/what-is-the-reason-for-aamir-liaquat-fake-video-23340.html

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  • Meekal Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:20AM

    I thought it was an over-reaction until I finally saw it.

    I suppose he still has his program?

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  • Mirza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:26AM

    @dude: First of all I am with you and the author on this one. However, like any video or movie this video is also edited. Many people cannot understand the difference between an edited and fake video. There is no doubt that this con mullah has uttered those words. The sequence and the editing may not be high quality but it is not fake by any means. The man is in the picture and it is his voice. This video would have been funny if the con mullah were not posing as a religious teacher. God forbid if I were in his place, I would come clean and apologize as a young human being. However, who has ever apologized in Pakistan and nobody makes mistakes? Everybody in Pakistan is super human.
    Thanks and regards,
    Mirza

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  • Umar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:29AM

    Spot on George.
    My only concern is people with no access to YouTube will remain unaware of this truth, unless writers like yourself spread the word.

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  • Samad
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:36AM

    we Must get rid of people Like Amir Liaqat Hussain. George is absolutely right on this. I might not agree with George on many other things but on this I am 100% in agreement. This is just tip of the iceberg. There are thousands of Amir Liaqat Hussains in our society and we must recognize and do something about them. Those are the Munafiqeens. Look at his filthy language and how he portrays himself on AAlim on Line. He came from our society that means our society is full of such people. Got to do something to find the root causes of such Munafiqat and correct it. Else we will be finding more Aamir Liaqat Ali’s in key religious Positions.

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  • N Rathore
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:42AM

    George, this article of yours expresses the exact sentiments that I have with regards to this issue. There are billions of people who swear, but when one is a celebrity and a household name, one should be careful. But the most saddening issue was his sniggering at a question asked by a lady. He should have considered – at the time- what consequences he would face if ever those clips came to light – as they have. Although, I do consider it a sad event that his name is being maligned (with all those humourous pages springing up on social media).

    As for his claims that the clips were faked – a good course of action would have been apologizing rather than denying the event.

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  • Zafar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:42AM

    My view about this video is quite the same as most of us. The only difference is that I’m not surprised. Our society is going through an evolution. They are exploited easily by egoists and demagogues which is not a surprise keeping in view the level of poverty, lack of education and wisdom that comes by understanding the fundamentals of their own religion. It is not until we discuss and face these unpalatable truths of our surroundings and homes we are going to come out of it.
    It would be injustice not to mention an example of a similar kind from the so-called first-world countries who doesn’t stop talking about their democracies. President obama promised the nation to turn-around all sort of war activities. Today we know he has opened more fronts than before from the time he has taken charge. I hope you remember his eloquent speeches. I leave to you to connect the pieces together. Recommend

  • mona
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:49AM

    to an extent i agree…but ultimately it all relies heavily on the illiterate mindset of the majority population….we need to study our religion with true faith and try not to rely on the interpretations of others….QURAN is surely an answer to all our issues..if only we would comprehend on our own!!!

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 12:54AM

    Excellent article. Believe me the sentiments are the same all over Pakistan. We hate such a hypocrite man. I am unable to understand why ARY is promoting such a hypocrite? Such people are a great danger to Islam and Pakistan.

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  • village_ idiot
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:02AM

    Another Holy man is exposed!!! Sadly, sadly but truly.

    But poor George! you effort, writing and scrutiny means nothing to anybody. This is totally ineffective in our land.

    Those who were not watching his program earlier, will remain persistent in their habit and will not watch it. And the others, who watch it, and are his fans, will keep on watching his program; come what may. They will get refuge in conspiracy theories and will remain in denial. Controversy is our breed and butter, rather we breath it on daily basis.

    Lets peep in, recent past of the our land: Do you remember MNA Jamsheed Dasti???
    Guess, what happened to him, after he was caught with fake degrees??
    He was re-elected as a member of National Assembly with more votes, with more mandate. I hope you may remember that event very well.
    ” Death of Hope ” is the rule of the day. So cheer up and rock’n roll.

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  • Me :D
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:03AM

    Here we go again. The hot topic nowadays, Veena must be happy that someone else has finally taken her place.
    How long is it gonna take before all of us shut up about this.
    Amazing how we like to comment on such petty issues and make a big deal out of such things.
    NO, m not a fan of this guy. But I fail to realize how people like to corner a person and have a go at them. Get a life, leave the guy. He will be questioned when it’s time, No one has the right to judge for God alone knows what lies in ones heart.
    Sigh, same old us.

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  • Amber Ghaffar
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:28AM

    George great job ..(i wanted to write GEORGE GEO hazaro saal ,then i thought that it might lead any one think as publicity stunt for a channel lol)

    some good points raised in response posts but i am commenting cuz of the comment above that states For PREACHING goodness ,one doesn’t need to be Good himself….I am seeing this hadeeth first time (may ALLAH increase my knowledge amen)
    …..first of all Let me show you the VERSE from Quran

    O you who believe! why do you say that which you do not act? It is MOST HATEFUL in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not act. (61:2-3)

    IS there any thing ELSE you will believe more than WORDS of ALLAH.

    secondly Go deep into Hadees you mentioned ,just see ,who are the FOLKS who asked this question ,they were those folks ,who were Companions of RASOOL ALLAH SALALAHU ALAIH WASALAM ,these were the FOLKS ,who were DOING JAHAD BIN NAFS (striving against their own self to make it better for the sake of ALLAH) continuously.right,so how on the earth you can put SAHABA s in comparison with a person ,who makes money in name of RELIGION (you can Google and read again this article too ),thirdly if he apologizes ,yes i did utter those things and Now on wards I WONT DO IT etc then it was acceptable as err of human being who is doing jihad bin nafs ,but you can see.
    Lastly I requested at his website comment place that kindly place a law suit against any one whom you suspect of making this video maliciously and ask for unbiased inquiry rather responding on tv etc ,for me its not about AAMIR liaquat ,its about any one who talks good on tv about religion ,so if he did any thing bad he should have apologized at first place or run a lawsuit to clear the matter ,not cuz of his SO CALLED RESPECT but for the respect of religious scholars .(btw i am not religious scholar lol)

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  • Asterisk
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Well FRANK by now m sure u got ur answer, just to add a bit to tht, You didn’t really got the essence of the article my friend. Wht’s the ENGLISH MAN< saying? To stop believing in these Demagogues(which our society has in abundance) and start finding the truth for yourself. Do it yourself rather than listening to others. Wow that surely is offensive? but a truth at the same time. Not many of us Pakistani'z have this nature, do we?

    As for the Article.. I couldn’t have agreed more George.. You read the minds of most of us and (hopefully) opened the eyes of many who still believe in the innocence of Mr. Doctor here.Recommend

  • Aug 18, 2011 - 1:33AM

    @Shehryar:
    haha, also the magical editing machine has this new technology to dub his hand movements.

    And you forgot the very first call on his show that night coming from makkah and the dialogue Jab Makkah se call agayi tab to video fake hi hui naRecommend

  • mhafeez
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:33AM

    the reaction to such a random and insignificant incident enabled you to derive the fact that all pakistanis have a psychological problem.way to go,that is not an all an example of ” simple answers to complex problems”

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  • Z Kham
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:47AM

    The sad thing to your analysis is that I can see a similar article from you when our beloved president Zardari gets reelected by the masses of disillusioned individuals.

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  • Ali Hassan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:48AM

    Can’t agree more…, Hypocrite deserves to be offline now.., Our so-called patriotic media supports such double-faced people and we naively believe them… Alas..!!

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  • MrUnknown
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:54AM

    The people calling on the shows are not the people we know. I’ve been to the studios, and the So called live calls they take are the people they know and its also a so called live broadcast. They all are cheaters.

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  • Asim
    Aug 18, 2011 - 1:55AM

    Amazing article. Absolutely spot on! We are a “jazbati” nation; slave to our passions. The moment Bhutto tore those pages in the Security Council, he and his rather inept offspring became for some, national heroes to surpass even the greatness of Jinnah, whose passion, however strong, was always showcased in his civil discourse with his peers. Since that day, politicians, activists, pseudo nationalists and self-proclaimed televangelists have vowed to gain fame (and fortune) through passion-filled speeches, honey-coated lies and oft-repeated promises never to be fulfilled!

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  • Usman
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:01AM

    Excellent.

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  • faraz
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:04AM

    Amir Liaquat isnt different from rest of the religious leaders and clerics like Molana Diesel, Molana Sandwich and Molana Burqa

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 2:19AM

    Seems like all of yOu forgot about the FAKE DEGREES and stuff :]
    why the hell we are still caling him a DOCTOR ?
    HOW ON THE EARTH CAN SOMEONE BE A PH.D DOCTOR IN JUST 10 DAYS ??

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  • Asim Saeed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:24AM

    I agree with Nadeem Farooq Paracha (NFP). :-)

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  • Syed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:30AM

    why my comments are not published? how different those were than these shared by other people??

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  • shoaib balakoti
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:37AM

    Yes the great thing you point out the physiological syndrome which has made us stupid we have no courage to question someone who is representing the religious scholar’s community of our country global and his acts make us thing about whole media is it drama sponsored by local and international players to divert our attention from core issues

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  • Besharam
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:42AM

    I pity our paraniod Pakistanis, who even tend to deny a broadday light. Jahils and grand jahil online.

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  • Munir Hyder shah
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:48AM

    I don’t care if Amir bhai is right or wrong for me he is a blessing coz he changed my life .

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 2:52AM

    The most fun fact about this whole scenario is that 2 days before the whole expose he was talking trash about Facebook and how Facebook is the culprit behind the whole London riots… and yet Facebook is what really fueled the exposure of his reality…:D

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  • ZAID AZIZ
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:54AM

    Excellent..Very well written!

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  • Laieq Hashmi
    Aug 18, 2011 - 2:58AM

    perfectly described psychological problem of our society

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  • MS - Mariya
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Boycott the channel and the products he endorse and see how quickly he vanishes. Well at least from the eyes though kicking him from Pakistan will be tough. Can anyone process his Canadian nationality application quickly? We should send him to his sister Farhat!

    Also while we Pakistanis are opening eyes to these fake Alims..lets pay attention to the others fraudsters in town. The intolerance and extremism is a result of evil Alims like Aamir liaqat.

    Asia bibi accuser is another Alim in Town to keep an eye on. She is taking money for ‘privileged meetings’ with her in which she declare you a good Muslim according to the ‘nazrana’.

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  • Ahsan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:06AM

    Loved it, George.

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  • tobi
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:17AM

    Salam,
    @ frank… dude u want a piece of attention?? seriously, man there are some other ways as well.
    btw i found this article is a book of history.. a history of making Pakistani people fools, and yes we don’t want be point out and someone comes and tell us our mistakes… DENIAL….see frank thats the thing he wrote and you proved… thank u George for once again telling us the right problem… and @ imran… very precise and nice solution. (the 3 scholars and 1 naat khawan I only mentioned these people because they are well known)…..

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  • JT
    Aug 18, 2011 - 3:54AM

    Great article, yes we are a nation in denial, and unless we accept it, we will not move forward. We also have short memories, and I am pretty sure people will forget this after a year or so and again start watching these fake people.
    @aicha

    |HOWEVER in general, if someone on tv is preaching ISLAM according to the Quran and Sunnah. Nothing else that he says, Matters, Nobody is perfect and the Prophet himself has said that you dont have to do good to preach good (right way of Islam).”

    please quote the Hadtih to enlighten us. I agree that nobody is perfect but as they say, people will trust you if you walk to talk. it is as simple as that.

    It was great that this guy was exposed, and people should write more about this antics. I was not surprised because a couple of friends in the media had told me about him.

    i am shocked as to why people are still supporting him and why the renowned Ulemas come to his program. there is something seriously wrong.

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  • likhkuchbhilikh
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:01AM

    first of all, bhutto and zaid hamid in the same sentence?
    Why the class division oriented explicitly and sadly normative reference to the lafunga on the motor bike?
    Different subjects, same succeeding mockery (‘Doctor’ and ‘George’)Recommend

  • Jadoon
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:04AM

    This is brilliant – although I don’t think many people fell for the Dr’s explanation that it was all dubbed/edited and then proceeded to compare himself to Prophet Mohammed and how he faced such obstacles in the course of spreading the word of Islam.

    Somehow, his hypocrisy and insincerity was always on display on his face, but I am glad that I now have real reasons to dislike this con man.

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  • quratza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:06AM

    ‘ we could blame our crickters for not winning because of the colour of their shoes. ‘
    Well said, but at the end of the day people are till going to think this is a forged video, or give justifications for it, and that is the dilemma of our society right now.

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  • menteliscio
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:14AM

    leave george!

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  • getit
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:20AM

    @Shehryar: You seriously think the video is fake? Man either you have absolutely no technical knowledge of video editing or you are badly trying to find some excuse to not to stop liking Aamir Liaquat. Go ahead enjoy your Mezan Ramazan Hamsafar, since when our nation has started worrying about quality of our religious scholars. Sad state of our nation

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  • Adil
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:24AM

    I and other members of my family had got a great amount of admiration and respect for Amir Liaquat Hussain even after the fake degree scandal….we had an opinion that atleast his skills as a host throughout Ramzan deserve compliments. But after the video and earlier some of the fishy statements by “Dr.” I had to rethink about his sincerity. His criticism towards the use of logic or Aqal in the matters of religion plainly goes against the orders of Allah Subhana Watala, where the Almighty asks the believers to think and ponder over everything they see around them.

    A part of me still sympathizes with the family of Afia Siddiqui given the record of human rights violations by Bush Administration and US Army. But now even their case and fight will be weakened all thanks to their association with Amir Liaquat Hussain.
    Now the issue has also brought the fact about wars perhaps cold wars between different private channels of Pakistan….there is still a possibility, NOT absolving Amir of charges against him.
    Oh BTW, I think the actor he was referring to, aray wohi jo ladkiyaan kaafi AHEM,AHEM….I think the actor was either Pran or Ranjeet if not Shakti Kapoor.
    But, I still haven’t seen the movie ‘Ghalib’
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  • Sanam
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:31AM

    I love you George

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 4:46AM

    Brilliant. NFP is right, its psychological more than anything else. Sigh.

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  • Shariq Mushir
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:54AM

    @Frank: Would you still wish to invest your hard earned money with the likes of Bernard Madoff after finding out that he was the greatest con artist that has ever existed. And would you still tell someone to mind their own business if that person told you about the true nature of people like these? I guess not.

    A lot of simple people invest their faiths and welbeings with the likes of Amir Liaquat. Call them idiots or what nots but they do and they might deserve to be screwed up based on their ignorance but that might always not be the case. What if that someone is someone you love. Would you still mind your own business and see them getting screwed? If yes, then I guess you yourself need a bit of reality check my dear friend.

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  • Shariq Mushir
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:58AM

    @Muhammad Ahmed: Your comment is a bit disorienting itself. Are you complimenting George for his article or criticising him for it?

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  • Non-Conformist
    Aug 18, 2011 - 4:58AM

    @mind control: Sometimes majority means all fools are on the same side!

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  • Crimson Blue
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:04AM

    All TV Evangelists are phonies; they’re in there to make money. Anybody who believes Aamir Liaquat is a genuine scholar and student of Islam is indeed crazy…
    On a lighter note, Mr Liaquat has to hold some sort of world record, for even Einstein would’ve struggled to complete his PhD SIX days after his masters

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  • SKhan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:07AM

    I only came across this today as I happened to be speaking to someone in a social circle and they relayed the incident that had taken place with Dr Amir Liaquat. I won’t lie I was taken aback after watching his video on you tube as I never imagined that I’d get to hear or see such behaviour from him purely because me and my fam have been religiously following his transmissions throughout Ramzan and to think someone like him would indulge in such indecent acts, use demeaning and foul language was beyond my belief and thinking.
    Nonetheless, I believe the “thinking” audience are able to distinguish right from the wrong but unfortunately we have a large population of gullible people in Pakistan who won’t be able to distinguish between the two and listen to these so called alims/scholars and not refer to the main source which is the Qur’an itself. It’s all well to seek advice but we need to study Qur’an/Islam for ourselves and not become so dependent on these so called scholars that we end up blindly following them. What else can I say certainly an eye opener but definitely not something new as we’ve accounted such incidents before and its time that Pakistani nation takes notice before its too late.

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  • nadia kirmani
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:08AM

    absolutely right ,we pakistanis have psychological problems.psycho is a soft word ,i think we all are mental .in the holy month,every body is talking about a fake footage ,as it is a religious obligation.a dougdogi has come in our hands.

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  • Amena Hayat
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:22AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan:
    Maybe you’re right. No ‘mussalmaan’ can ever use that kind of language, but who’s to say ‘Dr’ Liaquat is one? Why are religious people so easy to fool? Get a beard, pronounce your urdu words in a fake arabic accent and people just blindly start following you in this country. Like Junaid Jamshed, who spends more time giving sermons about the 70 hoors of jannat and making money the ‘islamic’ way. You really dont think 10% is all the profit he aims to get at his stores right?

    Also, great article! You explained quite well how we as a nation easily get manipulated by such people. At one point years ago, I was fascinated with Bhutto’s Security Council stunt myself.
    But you haven’t proposed a solid solution, just a bunch of problems in us.

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  • Sana
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:28AM

    Delusion, denial and “Disappointing” Dr. Liaquat!
    Well, he can deny it in the face of naive viewers, n they will continue to bestow him with their trust, but he will never be able to gain that self respect , which previously gave him so much confidence rather over confidence; that he was a becoming self proclaimed prodigy!!! Saddddd Aamir Liaqat … Go back to Trinity College, complete your studies n cm back to give it all fresh start!

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  • Khurram
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:29AM

    What if he was still with Geo? Had anyone from Geo shared this archive when he was with them? The point is, whatever coming right or wrong, is from a harass-them-all source unless or until they have no place to hide their faces. Plus we made him famous and its us who are responsible. Not this stupid DR GHALIB.
    A well written article though.

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  • Sobia Amber
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:35AM

    Really ..its not economical….its psychological….. true true… and you know WE ARE NOT READY TO ACCEPT EVEN THIS… FOR NEXT 20 YEARS ATLEAST…PITY PITY PITY

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  • Wajahat
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:40AM

    Excellent work sir.. loved your coloumn very much :)

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  • Very Frank
    Aug 18, 2011 - 5:56AM

    @Frank:
    He is a Pakistani National by the way. And He has every right which every other Pakistani enjoys.

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  • Rai Hammad
    Aug 18, 2011 - 6:05AM

    Very true,,,,these people should immediately be thrown out from the limelight because they are playing with the ideological sentiments of innocent people. again very good piece

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  • MariamH
    Aug 18, 2011 - 6:50AM

    What I don’t get is: why are “Pakistanis” offended? I mean this sort of proves George’s point here, doesn’t it? We do live in denial and even when it stares us in the face, we tend to look away and pretend that “everything is just faiynnneee”.

    Why do we need to be oh so self righteous? It makes me physically sick when I read comments that just voice an opinion “just because”…as George says : “Godforbid, think for themselves” :))))

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  • Hamza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:12AM

    Good Article.Agree entriely with the point that we wont progress unless we realize that the current predicament is becasue of us not because of U.S or any external force.As soon as we remove the ‘evil’ residing in us we will progress regardless of force of ‘external evil’.
    Back to Amir, cant fathom how a nation can take inspiration from a guy whose body language in programme aired sounded so artificial and whose degrees sound very suspicious.

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  • Saqib
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Sadly what we see on media talk shows and programs like one of so called Dr. Aamir, it is alla dding to our psychological problems. If one has to keep the minds alive and develop some rational thoughts of own, it i sbest to avoid seeing such people preaching some vested interest agenda.

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  • Saima
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:22AM

    Excellent article!! Thanks for putting it all in perspective.

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  • Abu Dajana
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:22AM

    It is all about how you look at this video. If u watch it as a neutral and just observer, u may actually feel sympathy for dr sahab. But if u r going to be judgmental, then yes, u can find a lot of dirt. It is a pity that such a talent is being mocked in Pakistan. We dont deserve great people!

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  • Naz
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Gosh, you really are right at him being the Zaid Hamid of TV religious news presenters. I feel like every channel in Pakistan is like Fox News, you’ll have Zaid Hamid the so called security expert who is the Pakistani version of Ann Coulter (youtube her if you don’t know who she is) and on the other end you have Liaqat and Zakir Naik (yeah he’s Indian, but he’s popular with Pakistanis), the good ol’ kill the Ahmadis and support Osama brigade who we have labelled religious scholars for some reason and yes they’re on every channel.

    But reading the comments it seems like it’s worked and people think this is a foreign plot to ruin Liaqat, because we all know Mossad’s No 1 target is Aamir Liaquat, don’t tell the Feds, but I’ve heard they’re going to attack Chef Rahat next! Apparently her Biryanis are what are keeping Pakistan stable and they know that ruining her career is what will destroy Pakistan!

    No wonder people think we’re crazy.

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  • sunshine
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:04AM

    this is really good. i was talking to this friend the other day after watching the video, and this is what he said ”achaaa bandaa haii , hum boys ki tarah hai “. after reading the part where you said ”We have developed a Stockholm syndrome with the egomaniacs on our screens.Falling in love with them rather than contemptuously rejecting them” i could completely relate these two. i think this is one reason for the problems that this country is facing right now. the people of Pakistan are either very emotional or they are simply really dumb. i say that because of the fact that we ourselves chose a person who is on top of the most corrupted persons list, as the president of our country and with him others like pervez ilahii ,rehman malik and even amir liaqat for that matter. and now all we do is sit at home and complain about the rising prices and unemployment, this was bound to happen, how could have anyone thought otherwise.
    i think its time for us to stop fooling around and do whatever we can for this country because honestly Pakistan is going down the drain, and only we, the people of the country can prevent this from happening.
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !

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  • hamza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:08AM

    @Frank: you’re seriously kidding, Recommend

  • laiq thebo
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:10AM

    dear george, u have proved to be a good observer and u have rightly diagnosed the malaise of this society… this article of yours is just an example of it… the whole article is wonderful except comparison of two mad people, with bhutto.. i hope u recognise the mistake and correct it.. no comparison at al..

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  • BraveHeart
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:14AM

    Hats off
    Great Article and for those who still beleive the video was fake you guys probably beleive that Our President is the most honest person on the face of the Earth

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 9:16AM

    I do not agree with the part ‘But then again, most of us don’t propagate an air of piety, uttering gaalis whilst talking about verses from the Holy Scriptures. ‘.

    In fact we do. There are many such examples in our own lives where we start discussing theology in a group of friends, while curse in the very next moment. Check this out:

    http://rorolia.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/what-aamir-apology-should-have-been/

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 9:19AM

    But it was indeed hilarious to see his clarifications. First call Mekkah, second Medina and there would be many innocent fools who would buy it.

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  • adnan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:24AM

    the video is genuine.it has really exposed amir liaqat.

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  • Paki
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:29AM

    Aamir Liaqat!!!!! if this is engineerd against you please go and file legal case against your former employer so that they will not dare again to do such mischief against anyone in future. You can not have it both ways, fake doctor… either you should challenge them in the court of law to prove them wrong or accept that the video was original and a testimony of real Aalim.

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  • Amjad
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:39AM

    @mind control: Patronizing or not , it is true. This holier than thou TV elavangelist is a phoney like all of the so called religious types. Real piety comes from within and has to do with doing things without seeking recognition.

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  • Rizwan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Excellent Article, Indeed greatest problem we have is psychological.

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  • Omair
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:49AM

    @ Frank
    There’s an English proverb that goes something like ‘Mind your own business.’

    Actually Frank, this IS his business. You know why? Because he is a Pakistani citizen. It is his duty to point out the problems in his country. It is his duty to remind all of us how we can change in a positive way. That’s inspiration man. Instead of appreciating an article that points out the problems in our country, you are criticizing him for the reality. Maybe Pakistanis aren’t the only ones in denial. There are people like you who are also like that. If it’s anyone to mind their own business, it is you because you’re saying something completely unrelated to the topic of the article. So Frank, next time say something positive about the reality and inspiration of the article rather than some useless comment that makes you look like the most stupid person here.

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  • Salman Qureshi
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:56AM

    What would it take to get him off air!!!!!????

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  • Jybran
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:09AM

    its amazing that how many of the people are blind with eyes but also with brains. It feels as if each one of us is a senseless drone….
    How can people believe the so called Dr. Amirs lie about the video being dubbing and blah blah, man technology has far exceeded the expectations of man and movies like Avatar have come out but it is still not reality.
    I blame the current condition of our state on our mind less drones. That is the main reason behind the so called leaders being elected to run a mockery in our country yes our country, people like them have no place in our country!!!!!

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  • sana
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:12AM

    You are absolutely right people who are still in denial are actually delusioned.. But let me tell you a vast majority of people believes in truth & that he’s fake alim. A lot of people disliked him right from the first day because they sensed all the fakeness in his tone & gestures.Clearly dr liaqat (doesn’t deserve to be named that cause his PhD degree is fake as well) should have adopted Pakistan film industry as his career instead of being the so called Alim. Shameless!!

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  • Asim
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:13AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan: Get a life Ali. RAW/CIA/MOSAD have bigger fish to fry then to target Amir Liaquat. Sadly in every incident we try to find a conspiracy against muslim world. It is time muslims start acting like muslims.

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  • Wasim Sajid
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Brilliant piece of writing, mate! And like others, I’d love to lay claim to these sentiments. It IS about time we got ourselves rid of shady, slimy religion-mongers.

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  • fatimah
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:45AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan: LOL You really need to get around to the madarsaas and hang out with the taravih gang to see who cusses like what. Let’s use the suspension of disbelief then – today a man claims to have this fake VDO with an impersonator – tomorrow when he commits a crime in public and is arrested he will claim that there was an impersonator.
    @Frank: Hardly ANYONE minds their own business, least of all the media. My strategy would be to change a mind set by using a pen. So pls. have your word and get cracking – put something intelligent out on Tribune

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  • Aamina Wain
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:53AM

    We have yet to see how our media, specially TV channels, will treat him now. would he continue to be the Aalim on line???

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  • Yasir Thanvi
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:55AM

    Great job George….
    The examples you gave of Bhutto Sb., Zahid Hamid and obviously Aamir Liaquat is a clear depiction of the mindset of people of Pakistan…

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  • Hani
    Aug 18, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Mighty! Way to go George..

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  • Aamina Wain
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Lets see if media, specially TV channels, still let him thrive as aalim on line??

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  • KA
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Love this article esp the bit about us having a “psychological problem” on top of very other problem. I never like the guy starting from controversies on his fake Phd degree and his way of juggling sects. But its all pretty hopeless. He will stay and in a bit we will forget about this video and move on with his shows etc. We are a crazy crazy nation.

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  • T Khan
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:23AM

    @Ali Akbar Khan:
    Unless this is a tongue in cheek comment, your innocence and naivety is simply amazing:D

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  • Dr. Saqlain Bin Syed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:24AM

    George, very well said…. its a shame how we are manipulated as ordinary people. That little box of evil that is now present in every room has corrupted us more than it has educated us. Everyday we are turning out to be worse rather than become good.

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  • SharifL
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Good article. I agree with most of the points

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  • Ali Ghumman
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Love you George! Anyone who patronizes you because of your British origins and questions your use of the word ‘we’ is exactly the person you are talking about. They would love to run away to another country but they criticize you because they’ll do all in their power to not take criticism and stay an Ostrich.

    You carry Pakistan within you and I wish to God, WE can bring you back here!

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  • zobia
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:31AM

    George You have depicted the real picture of our society, the basic problem here in Pakistan is not lack of resources but the acceptance of our follies. Whenever we caught red handed, we blame on others that this is their mistake. Thanks once again to tell us the real problem of not accepting our crime. Hope one day Pakistani society will be the nation who has courage to accept their mistake and learn from those mistakes.

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  • Adnan Hasan Syed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:37AM

    For me the statement “Aamir Liaquat is a hypocrite” carries as much news value as “this government is corrupt”. Lets face it, we are all hypocrites but luckily we don’t have our lives on tape. Trust me I have heard many a scholars curse more than Aamir has in this compilation. I will not side his verbal vomit because yes, he should control it in a religious surrounding. Yet the question is, why was the off-air footage leaked from Geo TV at a time when he has left the channel and when his Ramzan transmission is doing well elsewhere. What was the intention behind this timing and who is the mastermind? Now don’t say Aamir is the only hypocrite in this issue….

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  • Mirza
    Aug 18, 2011 - 11:38AM

    I am glad to see a charlatan exposed in such a manner. I agree that its a psychological disorder of poor Pakistani people but the root-cause is illiteracy which makes people stubborn in their beliefs, they are not ready to accept that their beliefs could be wrong, rather they concocted a story to protect it. Again this awareness doesn’t come up if media doesn’t play its due role given massive scale ignorance.

    It was 2006 when I saw Aamir Liaqat in National Assembly in a post budget briefing and he was exposed to the audience then wearing jeans and a round necked t-shirt. He was sleepy and irresponsible as his other counterparts were – totally non-professional and non obligatory. So I haven’t been a fan of him at anytime rather surprised that how a pseudo scholar mislead the innocent and simple people.

    I also remember a program in which he laid down in a grave to represent himself a God-fearing personality… But everything was fake and just for the personal motives to increase its viewership…

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  • Aug 18, 2011 - 11:48AM

    “The reaction to Aamir Liaquat’s exposure also reveals another problem within the Pakistani society. We are a nation in denial. Even when faced with the truth about these unsavoury characters we are still unable to accept their faults.”

    Disagree with you. The calls that he is receiving on his show doesn’t seem to be live calls. ARY can’t take the risk of allowing live calls. The wide spread condemnation on twitter and facebook tells the truth. Do you think that even a single person would not have tried to call on his show to condemn his act? Those who still want to follow him blindly would not be more than few..

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  • Dawood
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:00PM

    Yes, true.. and indeed sad, after such an incident the program still goes on.. and why, cause its channel’s reputation against our own religion… its Aamir’s repo and money against advertisers money..still shamelessly the program carries on with all advertisers of our country supportive of the content showing a deaf ear and fooling themselves and others that yes may be its a fake video since its on the internet…why should the advertising stop since people are still watching…
    Strange nation we are.. with no sense of responsibility or courage…. At one point we burn our cities in the name of Islam, and at the other we just ignore cause one of their own hypocrite is in the limelight for wrong reasons…

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