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Pakistan reacts to demise of firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi

Condolences have poured in from various Pakistani leaders at the demise of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) Chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi

Condolences began pouring in from all quarters moment after the news of sad demise of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi was shared with the nation on Thursday.

Various leaders including the Prime Minister have issued statements of condolences at the demise of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

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The TLP Chief Khadim Rizvi passed away yesterday. The prime minister offered his condolences on Twitter. His Tweet read, “On the passing of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi my condolences go to his family. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”

The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also expressed grief for the family and the supporters saying, “May Allah bless his [Khadim Rizvi] soul and give patience to the bereaved family and his supporters.”

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Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of the leader of Tehreek-e-Labeek Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi. In his condolence message, the Minister prayed for the departed soul.

He said the services of Khadim Hussain Rizvi for Islam will be remembered for a longer period.

Punjab government spokesperson Firdous Ashiq Awan also offered condolences on the death of Rizvi.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz also took to the micro-blogging site and condoled the death of the religious leader.

The cause of the TLP Chief’s demise is not clear although according to the party’s spokesperson, Hamza, the TLP chief had been experiencing difficulty in breathing and was running a fever since Wednesday.

The spokesperson added that Rizvi was at his madrassah on Multan Road when his condition deteriorated yesterday. He was thus rushed to the Farooq Hospital in Iqbal Town, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Rizvi was later taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, said Saad Rizvi, son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi.

Khadim Rizvi is alive?

Reports that Rizvi was still alive and had only been unconscious for a while became rampant on social media sometime after him being pronounced dead.

Another TLP spokesperson, Ibn-e-Ismail, speaking about the rumors reported that Khadim Rizvi had started breathing again and they had summoned an ambulance, but the paramedic staff pronounced him dead again when they checked him.

Pir Aijaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYRA), in a statement said the timings of the late Khadim Rizvi’s funeral prayers would be announced later.

The far-right cleric had made his last public appearance at a sit-in staged by thousands of TLP followers at Islamabad’s Faizabad interchange to protest the publication of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in France.

They had demanded that all French diplomatic presence in the country be removed.

The group had decided to end the sit-in on Monday after successful negotiations with the government.

In a tweet, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq also expressed shock and grief over Rizvi’s sudden demise, saying his party shared the sorrow of his family members and TLP workers.

GVS News Desk