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Thousands gather in Lahore for Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s funeral prayers

He died at the age of 55 on Thursday

SAMAA | and - Posted: Nov 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago
Posted: Nov 21, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 week ago

Thousands of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan workers and supporters made their way to Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan to attend the funeral prayers of party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

The 55-year-old died in Lahore Thursday night. He leaves behind a wife, two sons, and three daughters.

The funeral was led by late Khadim Hussain’s son Hafiz Saad Rizvi. The prayers were offered by Abdul Sattar. The firebrand cleric will be laid to rest at Rehmat ul Lil Aalameen mosque. He was the prayer leader at the mosque and had been living there for the last two decades.

Read: Khadim Hussain Rizvi and the 150 rupees

The Lahore police have deputed 26 SHOs, 13 DSPs, and thousands of policemen for security purposes. Internet jammers have been put in place too.

Here are some pictures of the funeral.

khadim rizvi funeral prayers

khadim rizvi funeral prayers

khadim rizvi funeral prayers

The vehicles in the nearby areas have been stuck in traffic. The participants have been instructed to park their cars on the Lower Mall Road and then walk towards the Greater Iqbal Park.

Khadim's body was brought to the park in an ambulance. TLP supporters formed a human chain in front of the vehicle and walked in front of it.

Many of the markets and shops are closed in the city because of the funeral.

Saad Rizvi appointed party chief

Saad Rizvi has been appointed as the new chief of the party. The announcement was made after the funeral prayers.

saad rizvi tlp head

The appointment, which has been made by the party's Majlis-e-Shura, was confirmed by the party on Twitter.

Khadim Rizvi's death

Rizvi was brought to Lahore’s Shaikh Zayed Hospital and declared dead at 8:48pm Thursday.

On duty administrator Salman Godil said Rizvi had already passed away when he was brought to the hospital. The people who brought Rizvi to the hospital said he had been sick for three to four days and had collapsed. Rizvi was wheelchair bound.

khadim hussain rizvi funeral
Photo: File

He said without an autopsy, it will be almost impossible to determine the cause of death.

His close friend Sahibzada Bashir Ahmed Yousafi said that Rizvi’s health deteriorated after he returned from Islamabad. He had difficulty breathing and developed a fever, he said, adding that he had a checkup performed at the hospital but wasn’t able to recover.

At the rally the TLP held in Islamabad’s Faizabad on Monday, Rizvi had said he was ill, which is why he wasn’t able to join the participants earlier.

Where did the TLP come from?

The TLP is the political face of the TLYR, which was formed in 2016 after Qadri, the convicted murderer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed. The group demands death for blasphemers and strict implementation of its version of Islamic law in the country.

The group first emerged in Punjab as Tehreek-e-Rehai Mumtaz Qadri (movement for Mumtaz Qadri’s release) in 2015 and was later renamed the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR).

The TLP is the political face of the TLYR, which was formed in 2016 after Qadri, the convicted murderer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed. The group demands death for blasphemers and strict implementation of its version of Islamic law in the country.

Just a few months before the 2018 elections, the Rizvi-led party staged a 21-day sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad against a minor change in the oath lawmakers take.

The government acted on the military’s suggestion and the sit-in ended after the military acted as a mediator to end the protest and the PML-N government removed its minister for law Zahid Hamid.

Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the incumbent ISI DG, had signed the agreement between the PML-N government and TLP as a guarantor.

In background conversations with this reporter in the past, mainstream political parties, including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s party, had accused the military of launching Rizvi’s group to dent its vote bank in Punjab.

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  1. Shakil  November 23, 2020 9:15 am/ Reply

    Thousands were not there more then 20 Laks were there correct your figures

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