The funeral prayers of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi were offered at the Greater Allama Iqbal Park. Thousands of people attended the funeral with some suggesting that it was one of the biggest gatherings at this place.
The funeral prayer was led by Khadim Rizvi’s son, Hafiz Syed Saad Hussain Rizvi. The TLP chief will be laid to rest at the graveyard on the Scheme Mor. Allama Hafiz Syed Saad Hussain Rizvi has been appointed as the new chief of TLP.
Saad Rizvi has also been nominated as the new chief of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan. Prior to this, he was serving as the deputy secretary-general of the TLP.
To avoid any unpleasant incidents security was on high alert. According to Lahore police 26 SHO’s and 13 DSP’s along with thousands of police force were overlooking the security arrangements. Mobile signals were also blocked at certain locations in Lahore.
On Thursday, Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi passed away in Lahore at the age of 54. The cause of his demise wasn’t immediately clear.
TLP’s spokesperson, Hamza said the TLP chief was taken to the hospital because he was experiencing difficulty in breathing since Wednesday, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His last public appearance was on Monday when he had appeared before his followers during Faizabad protest against the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France; which demanding the expulsion of the French Ambassador and a boycott of French products.
Khadim Hussain Rizvi rose to fame when his party held a sit-in at Faizabad, Rawalpindi in 2018 against the government of Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over a change in the wording of the electoral oath. Over the coming years, he held multiple protests is in defence of the Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
Religious and political leaders, including Prime Minister Imran Khan and several ministers, expressed grief and sorrow over the TLP chief’s demise.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed heartfelt condolence on the demise of Allama Rizvi, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations.