Will the real Amir Liaquat please stand up?

Published: February 17, 2012
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According to FUUAST
papers, the popular TV show host has been a student since 2010 – something he denies. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL

According to FUUAST papers, the popular TV show host has been a student since 2010 – something he denies. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL

KARACHI: 

Assistant Professor Abdul Rehman Shaheen has taught at Urdu university for 18 years and generally knows his Islamic History students by name, if not by face. But when The Express Tribune asked him about one student, Amir Liaquat Hussain, he stopped in his tracks.

“Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain who appears on TV?” exclaimed a baffled Shaheen. “Are you kidding me? I can say with complete surety that I have never seen him even once in class or during the exams.”

In fact, this department at the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has had the honour of hosting the former federal minister and popular television host who has been enrolled in its Masters programme as a regular candidate for about two years.

Dr Shaheen was not the only one who did not believe that Amir Liaquat was enrolled. Students at FUAAST have never seen Hussain on campus. “This institution isn’t that big that if Amir Liaquat Hussain came we wouldn’t know,” said Hasan Siddiqui, a student in the business administration programme. “Any of his appearances would have become big news [on campus].” Mysteriously enough, since 2010, Hussain has also reportedly cleared several semesters of his Masters degree.

According to Dr Shaheen, the department could ease up on some attendance requirements, but there was no way that a student could have reached a final semester of a programme without sitting any exams in the previous three.

Background check

Hussain, who identifies himself as a ‘doctor’ on his official website, graduated in 2008. He appeared as an external candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Karachi and his seat number was 823342. Hussain then enrolled at FUUAST in 2010.

A senior FUUAST official confirmed that Hussain had completed the requirements for admission in a “very proper way”. “According to the academic record submitted at the time of admission, he had both the merit and eligibility for our programme,” said the official. “The main problem is that he never attended class or appeared in exams himself but had, however, reached the final semester.”

Another official has, however, denied that Hussain fulfilled the admission requirements. “In fact, the admission form was initially submitted with the photograph of another person to avoid the spotlight. Later, that photograph was replaced with the photograph of Amir Liaquat Hussain,” he alleged. The official said it was obvious that Hussain did not want to attract any attention, which is why he used the name ‘Amir Hussain’, according to his National Identification Card, instead of ‘Amir Liaquat Hussain’ which is the name on his previous academic records.

Solving the mystery

FUUAST Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Qaiser told The Express Tribune that the institution had taken action. “An official letter has been sent to the chairman of the [then] department [assistant professor Muhammad Khalid] to give us an explanation within a three-day period,” he said. “It came to our knowledge that the person is not appearing in exams in this semester, but the last three semesters are definitely the matter of concern.”

On January 11, assistant professor Muhammad Khalid, the then chairman of the department, was asked to report on who sat the exams instead of the actual candidate – Amir Liaquat.

Professor Khalid replied to the registrar, Dr Qamarul Haq, that all of his students had sat the exams in person after completing their attendance requirements. “This definitely includes Amir Liaquat Hussain among them as we have a complete record of his admission in the department,” said Dr Haq. He explained that given what the chairman had stated there was no need (up until now) for any formal action to be taken against Hussain.

Professor Khalid told The Express Tribune that since he does not watch TV, he cannot identify Amir Liaquat Hussain.

When The Express Tribune contacted Amir Liaquat Hussain, he said that he had no information about any inquiry being conducted by the university administration to verify his credentials. Hussain denied that he was enrolled at FUUAST. “I am a famous man and anybody could get hold of my personal documents and misuse them,” he said. He confirmed that ‘Amir Hussain’ is the name that appears on his NIC. “I do not understand why anybody would do that with my name. I do not even need to do a Masters.”

But the controller of examinations, Muhammad Waqarul Haq, confirmed that Amir Liaquat Hussain has been enrolled. “I cannot say whether he himself appeared in the exams or not, the chairperson should be able to explain who appeared in the exams of the last three semesters if he did not,” he said.

The vice chancellor and registrar were told that Hussain had denied being enrolled.

“In this case, the university finds no reason to keep him enrolled on our record,” said Dr Haq, adding that then university would cancel the results of the past three semesters and expunge his name from the record.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2012.

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  • saady
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:08AM

    waste of time!

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  • Sajid
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:09AM

    He must have thought lets do this, if i get away with it I will have a degree, if got caught I will say its a conspiracy against me .

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  • Copper
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:33AM

    “I cannot say whether he himself appeared in the exams or not, the
    chairperson should be able to explain
    who appeared in the exams of the last three semesters if he did not

    My God!! Should be enough to kick the management out

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  • BLing BLing
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:08AM

    Well, i am not surprised. He already had fake Bachelors and Masters degree in Islamic Studies from some Trinity College.

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  • Mirza
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:11AM

    With his Islamic spritual powers he can do anything he wants. It is up to the naive people to use their common sense. When he is Aalim then he does not need any degrees as long as he can get away with the false claims. Only the elected politicians should not have fake degrees, all others are fine.

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  • Mehnaz
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:29AM

    Amir Liyaqat should not be worth for anyone to waste energy and time on……well, maybe if someone wanted to give him “Nishan-e-Haider” :)

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  • TightChuddi
    Feb 17, 2012 - 4:55AM

    Haha reminds me of the bollywood movie 3 idiots….

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 6:12AM

    These images are hilarious.

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  • lida
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:32AM

    i can just imagine “dr”Liaqat hussain reading a naat on his shaan..with full echo effects.

    after reading this article…..

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  • Adil
    Feb 17, 2012 - 7:50AM

    Tis guy sounds shameless to the core. Despite fake degree scandal me and my family still had some respect for him due to the way he performed as a host. But after issues such as inciting hatred,green soles theory and dozens of conspiracy theories, I guess he deserves all the mockery….plus he shows himself as someone great enough to become a target of media tycoons and international agencies. Remember, how he responded about the leaked video? He was saying that it’s possibly an act of those who don’t believe in (Nauzubillah) the Finality of Prophethood.

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  • Sindhi
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:20AM

    Man, let him take breath.He deserves space and privacy. I dislike his views but I again urge every one to respect his personal/private life.Let him live with peace.

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  • Sindhi
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:22AM

    @Multan:
    R u better Muslim?By which authority you are entitled to distribute religious certificates. Grow updude.

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  • Truth Seeker
    Feb 17, 2012 - 8:36AM

    Proper inquiry is required to find out the real issue. But we don’t need of such kind of dr in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Kamal malik
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:18AM

    Of course it him, he has been doing this all his life. He has planned his whole life like this, always takes a short cut, if it works out fine if it doesn’t, he just issues a disclaimer.
    It’s up to us the people to stop watching and believing in these scam artists.

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  • Aam Admi
    Feb 17, 2012 - 9:20AM

    @Multan:
    Have you people seen that video in which Doctor (self-claimed, so-called) Liaquat uses filthy language. Do you know before being kicked out of MQM, he was unit incharge of his area and do you know the real power of a unit incharge.

    Mr. Multan, it is because of people having mentality like you that such FRAUDIAY Aalim and Peer Faqeer are still successful in their BUSINESS despite being educated.

    MAY ALLAH BLESS ALL OF US AND OUR BELOVED COUNTRY.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Since all these facts have surfaced please STOP watching his show & get him off the show Recommend

  • ishaq
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:22AM

    He Has Done Masters in Acting, I can confirm that

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  • Umer
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:41AM

    @ishaq:

    He Has Done Masters in Acting, I can
    confirm that

    Double PhD

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  • Sadia
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:44AM

    why are pakistanis so easily fooled in the name of religion? it’s probably because we refuse to think independently.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:57AM

    i think we must accept amir liaqat version . problem will start when he claim this degree or admission . He is not claiming all these also their is no evidence of his physically presence in institute .there for their is vary high probability that some one use his ID .

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  • Hussain Jan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:02AM

    In my point of view this news shows the miss management of academic institutions.

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  • AJ
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Amir not worths anything to read about him. :)Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Dear writer mr Noman Ahmed you wrote the name in first line Assistant Professor Abdul Rehman Shaheen. Rehman is not name it is RAHMAN you can do research over it.

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 11:32AM

    I GET IT !

    The key to Pakistan’s biggest problems; poverty, load shedding, corruption IS ….

    How Did Amir Liaqut Graduate? … All Pakistani’s must spend all their time and money and they MUST know how and where he got his degree … Only then can our misery come to an end !!!

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 11:32AM

    Real Zaid Hamid can stand up and speak for 8 hours. give him a chance.

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  • Pagall
    Feb 17, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Nothing to worry about
    we have many other doctors
    Doctor Rehman Malik
    *Doctor Amir Liaqut Hussain
    Soon Zardari’s gona get the degree of Doctorate
    * Doctor Asif Ali Zordari
    huhhhh

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 11:58AM

    well ,dont know try to spoil his character ,he is a great personality ,he has a great knowledge .i dont know but may be his degree is fake but he has the knowledge of islam and people respect him .

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  • Feb 17, 2012 - 12:11PM

    Character Assassination by Media

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  • warraich
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:38PM

    @Pagall:
    u missed one Dr Babar Awaan

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  • Frantic
    Feb 17, 2012 - 12:50PM

    He should atleast be ashamed over what he actually is… !!

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  • Uza Syed
    Feb 17, 2012 - 1:21PM

    “I am a famous man and anybody could get hold of my personal documents and misuse them,”—— Amir Hussain.

    Amir Hussain YOU ARE INFAMOUS MAN, you are earning reputation of an

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  • Iqbal
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:26PM

    @ karrar hussain: yes, he sure has enough good knowledge of bolly movies but the sad part is he sometimes cant recall the names of the characters.

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  • khan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:29PM

    hahahahahahaha

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  • Nara-e-Mastana
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Since the day he said bye bye to MQM, such conspiracies have generated and travelled. If he does not posess any credentials then why did not the MQM take action on Dr Hussain back then. He is simply being targeted for some really odd reasons. I will request to everyone to look into the other side of the picture as well. There are other important issues too in this country. Why not focus upon those for betterment, development and livliness of nation.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:57PM

    It seems that media trail of Amir Liaquat Hussain has begun.

    He has become relic of the past in the Government as well as from Geo. Now he is conducting programs on ARY.

    One does not need to have a Bachelor or Master degree to contest elections in the country, as well as to write articles in the newspapers and to host a TV program.

    The one and only quality in the person should be that he should be talkitive and can make people fool easily.

    While hosting a TV program, it is always a one side traffic. The host speak and the viewers listen to the host, whatever he or she says.

    In case if some live calls are taken, it is also through selections of calls.

    It is not only the case of Amir Liaquat Hussain but there a number of people in the country that they have obtained a fake degree in PhD.

    I don’t want to name them here.

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  • Subah
    Feb 17, 2012 - 3:16PM

    How is it so easy for a man to lie in the name of being a so called “religious scholar”. It is a shame indeed.

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  • sherdil
    Feb 17, 2012 - 5:25PM

    wow…a real-life shape shifter. Th next episode of Supernatural will feature Amir Liaquat Hussain..spoiler alert

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  • Anonymous
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    How come you pass verdict of “media trail” on a single news item which was not reported earlier? Was Rehman Malik too a “relic of the past” when media widely reported against his honorary doctorate?

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  • Rabia
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Excellent story!Recommend

  • Azim
    Feb 17, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Can we please move on ? we as a nation have much bigger issues on hand to tackle. Putting our energy and focus on this one person will not take us anywhere. We have many fake doctors, army men, etc etc….lets focus on reall issues of helping our poor people to have a better life…these handful can not bring the change we want.

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  • IMPakistan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:26AM

    I am surprised to see that he still has fan following. Few of his fans also posted comments. I dont know why people are so blinded by such fake people. He is not a doctor, not a scholar, and still people follow him. Those who follow his Islam, they dont know that Liar is cursed in Quran. If he lied about his doctorate degree, he can lie about anything. I feel sorry for such fools who are still following him and defending him.
    They are following him as he is some kind of saint or prophet. May Allah Guide those foold. Ameen.

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  • Rizwan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:05AM

    @Pagall:
    You forgot the Dr. from Monticello University. The right honorable Dr. Babar Awan.

    Search the following on Google and you’ll get the full story.

    Hawaii diploma mill scams trap Pakistani cabinet member, former Microsoft China President

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  • Asma
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:36AM

    PLEASE DO NOT WRITE AGAINST DR.AAMIR LIAQAUT HUSAIN, he is the one who helps all and he is the one who gives us and shows us the right path, And you guys are going against them, This isnt writeRecommend

  • Seth
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Plesae note, The people who have written the article can get publicity but this publicicy is not good. Because the people who are against ISLAM. will not be successfull..

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  • Husain
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:39AM

    I am Husain from faisalabad, I just want to say, what ever you say, how ever you show, Dr. Aamir liaqaut is a gentle and a great person. We love him and wil support him.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:40AM

    Aamir Bhai, You stilll do your work, We love you and support you!

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  • Qasim
    Feb 18, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Aamir bhai ap apna kaam karhai. Q k yeh log bekar log hai aur pagal pan kartay rahayngay

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  • Irfan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:38AM

    This is false !

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  • Sachai
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:43AM

    I agree with Hasan.

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  • Wajid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:48AM

    AAMIR BHAI ZINABAD !!!
    You are the best and this canot effect your repo, because you are the BEST!!!

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  • Usman
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:50AM

    I am usman from New Jersey, i have met aamir liaqaut in new jersey and i saw him and felt very proud that he is officialy a gentle person, all the people who are posting the article are stupid people.!!!

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  • Nosheen
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:00AM

    Aamir liaqaut husain, is tottaly not like this !

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  • AYAZ
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:13AM

    This is not effecting his image, because he is the best and will be the best and you guys are the best but after this, you guys are getting a little bit crazy

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  • Mazhar.A.Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 4:20AM

    That’s the reason that we have mockery of our institutions & certificates/degrees all over the world. I was shocked to read that in Canada doctors of our present hospital & clinics are driving cabs for living. Reason: Canada does not accept their degrees as qualified doctors. Any driving license from Pakistan doesn’t hold value in the Gulf.
    Why to cry on the Amir Liaquat fiasco? Its norm in our beloved country.
    Look at our assemblies MNA’s Senators, do they have any creditability in the shape of degrees…NONE.
    Our whole system required purging.

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  • Zohair Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:09AM

    @Mirza:
    From where he had got the education of Aalim, he is just an actor.

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  • Pagall
    Feb 18, 2012 - 8:20AM

    @ Wajid
    He doesn’t have repo.
    who believes Amir liaqat’s a good guy, should search you tube EXPLICIT LANGUAGE dr. amir liaqat abusing
    will come to know bout him

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:36AM

    His program ” Line On Alim” was only a promotion of a Political Party. I know many inland and abroad who are holding VALID degrees of our universities. Just pay a certain amount on each paper one is attempting and there you are with a degree.

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  • Ali Reza
    Feb 18, 2012 - 12:40PM

    I think MQM helped him get this far!

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  • ijazmir
    Feb 18, 2012 - 6:05PM

    I have stopped watching ARY

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  • shahid
    Feb 18, 2012 - 7:37PM

    my dear pakistani brothers u love gossips and waste your time discussed on it,and i am waisting my time reading this trash.

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  • ummar
    Feb 19, 2012 - 2:37AM

    mr. noman the writer i request you to file an appeal in supreme court and prove yourself right once for all..because as you claim you got the witness with name of prof. shaheen both of you should appeal to supreme court!

    and regardless of Aamir liaquat’s true/false propaganda vdo or degree…i will keep respecting aamir bhai because he resigned from ministry of relgious affaris and mna seat when it was highly required on moral grounds..and no doubt during those days musharraf was in great need of him!

    love you aamir liaquat :-)

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  • Frantic
    Feb 19, 2012 - 4:08PM

    @ummar:

    mr. noman the writer i request you to
    file an appeal in supreme court and
    prove yourself right once for
    all..because as you claim you got the
    witness with name of prof. shaheen
    both of you should appeal to supreme
    court!

    I heard that reporters file news in the newspapers and not appeals in the court of law. If this is true, the writer did his job in brilliant way.

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  • tahira
    Feb 20, 2012 - 11:33PM

    Good job Noman!!! best of luck..

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