Funeral prayers will be offered shortly at the Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore for Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Leader Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who passed away on Thursday evening.
With several reports about cell signal outages, thousands of people gathered at the venue to attend the funeral prayers.
As all entry points to the city and roads leading to his mosque faced traffic pressure, reporting long queues and jams, the city of Lahore started feeling the impact of the death of the firebrand cleric. As thousands of his supporters were scheduled to hit his funeral site and later to his burial site, the strain was set to rise today.
Although some of his party members have said that he will be buried in his mosque in Chowk Yateem Khana, others have indicated that his final resting place will be in the Scheme Mor cemetery.
At the age of 54, the TLP leader passed away two days ago.
The TLP president had been having respiratory problems and had been running a fever since the day before, according to the party’s spokesman, Hamza.
The spokesperson added that when his condition worsened on Thursday night, Rizvi was on his madressah on Multan Road. Subsequently, he was rushed to Iqbal Town Farooq Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Saad Rizvi, the son of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, said that Rizvi was later taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
His wife, two sons and three daughters survive him.
Rizvi made his last public appearance at a sit-in held at Islamabad’s Faizabad exchange by thousands of TLP backers to condemn the release in France of Prophet Muhammad’s blasphemous caricatures (Peace Be Upon Him).
The community agreed, after fruitful talks with the government, to end the sit-in on Monday.