Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain has apologised for making insensitive remarks about the deaths Bollywood stars Sridevi and Irrfan Khan during a live Ramazan transmission.
The TV personality took to Twitter on Saturday and sought forgiveness from anyone he might have hurt with his comments.
Actor Adnan Siddiqui was a guest on the show when Hussain shared how the Bollywood actors Siddiqui has worked with have passed away, namely Khan and Sridevi, with whom he had starred in A Mighty Heart and Mom respectively.
"On the show yesterday, I had a slip of tongue where I lost control of over the flow of my words. Such gaffes can happen in a live transmission and I regret saying what I said," Hussain shared.
"When I said those words, they didn't seem like a big deal to me but now that I have thought about it I realise that I shouldn't have said that. I am sorry for this mistake on my part."
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He went on to add, "Artists from across the border are very dear and respectable to us. I also praised them in the next segment of the show but that didn't go viral. However, I sincerely apologise for the pain I might have caused to fans and followers around the world."
Hussain continued that people should appreciate his gesture of accepting his mistake and apologising for it. "If anyone realises his wrongdoings, then the other person should display generosity and allow the person who committed the mistake to learn from it. I'm really sorry. This is my country, my people and I do everything for them. If I hurt my fellow countrymen, I would like to seek forgiveness and I hope you accept my apology."
Adnan Siddiqui's reservations
Before Hussain shared his apology, Siddiqui took to social media to share his stance on the matter.
"The anchor Aamir Liaquat Sahab joked about something extremely sensitive. Not only were they both close to me but also as a human it was wrong on so many levels. I cannot even call it hitting below the belt," Siddiqui shared. "It was an extremely callous act to joke about the deceased. This is in very bad taste, not only does it show him and me but also the entire country in bad light."
The Mom actor went on to add, "I want to apologise to the families of Sridevi Sahiba and lrrfan Khan Sahab, their loved ones and fans. If you see my body language I was extremely uncomfortable with what he said but I didn't want to stoop to that level. I regret being on the show. I've learnt my lesson and I promise I will not tolerate such an act in the future. I was hoping this bit wouldn't become public but unfortunately, it has. I'm sorry."
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