The 'hate speech' TV anchor teaming up with Imran Khan

A Pakistani television anchor previously accused of hate speech has joined cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

An eloquent speaker with a penchant for religious sermons and rather rash thoughts, Dr Hussain is well known – and no stranger to controversy.

Why is he a contentious character?

Dr Hussain was a member of parliament from 2002 until 2008, when he was expelled by the MQM party.

As a politician, he was involved in several rows. On one occasion, he was held hostage by students angry at his work criticising suicide bombings.

On another occasion, he declared British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdi as “worthy of death” – comments that eventually forced him to resign from parliament.

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As a journalist, a religious ideologue and a showman, Dr Hussain has had stints at nearly all the major media houses in Pakistan.

His TV shows are elaborately scripted, preach a certain brand of religion, and include quiz shows and product giveaways.

Dr Hussain has gifted cars, motorbikes and household electronics on his shows – and on one occasion, even abandoned babies.


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