Few years back Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain started presenting religious show on Geo TV, titled as ‘Aalim (عالم) Online’ (religious scholar online). Dr. Aamir got great popularity due to his unique style of anchoring. People liked him because of his efforts in bringing harmony and patience between the Sunni and Shia sects as he used to invite scholars from both schools of thought in his programme. For mat of the programme was like this that Dr. Aamir used to take telephone calls from different corners of the world in which people used to ask him religious answers for their life problems. Then he used to get the answers from the guest scholars in the light of Quran and Sunnah. After few years of running the programme, he left Geo TV and joined another private TV channel where he started a similar type of show.
Geo TV is the worst blackmailing media group in Pakistan. They released some videos on Youtube anonymously in which Dr. Aamir was using foul language and unreasonable jokes with the scholars off screen. However Geo TV cameraman had recorded without the information of Dr. Aamir and the guest scholars. This act of Geo TV degraded the personality of Dr. Aamir in the worst manner and he lost his respect in the eyes of his long-time fans all over the world.
Later, Dr. Aamir took a U-turn and shook hands with Geo again. He started a new programme titled as ‘Aalim aur Aalum’ (عالِم اور عالَم) meaning ‘religious scholar and the world’. Pakistani people are very simple and once again a large population started watching his programme regularly. Dr. Aamir has been very good in running special live transmission during the holy month of Ramadan. This year he is once again running a long duration programme everyday titled as ‘Aman Ramadan’ (امان رمضان). However he has greatly disappointed the people by adopting a juggler’s style. He has converted the programme into a gift show like PTV’s Tariq Aziz Show or Neelam Ghar. He passes very silly comments and no one from the Geo TV is bothered about the content of his show. He talks stop less without considering what he is saying. His one sentence ‘مسلمانوں تکہ مارو’ is one the most discussed things these days and people are unhappy with him.
It seems that the religious shows are being produced without any proper preparations. Recently Dr. Aamir humiliated one of his guests, Tahir Shah, a new singer from UK. Dr. Aamir insulted the singer in his programme. People didn’t like this act as there was no need of inviting a singer for singing in an Islamic programme particularly in the holy month of Ramadan. Dr. Aamir not only asked him to sing his song ‘Eye to Eye’ but kept passing funny comments and doing childish acts during his performance.
I request Ministry of Media and Information in Pakistan to take serious notice of the Geo TV’s immature approach on telecasting the religious programmes as they are damaging the impression of Islam.