LAHORE: Thousands attended Pakistan Tehreek-e-Labaik President Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s funeral prayers, held on Saturday at the Greater Allama Iqbal Park in Lahore.
On Thursday, after a protracted illness, the TLP president died in a hospital in Lahore, just two days after his followers staged a forceful protest against France in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Family sources confirmed that for the last few days, Rizvi, 54, had been suffering from fever. He was transferred to Sheikh Zayed Hospital on Thursday night due to elevated fever and shortness of breath, where he suffered a fatal heart attack.
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The TLP chief’s funeral prayers were led by his uncle, Hafiz Syed Hussain Rizvi.
His uncle, Saad Rizvi, was chosen to lead the TLP following the funeral prayers. Saad promised to take his father’s dream forward after speaking to the media after the funeral prayers.
He vowed to resolve the topic of blasphemous cartoons published in France and asserted that he would follow in the footsteps of his father.
On Monday, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi ended his sit-in at the Faizabad interchange, Islamabad, organised to condemn the release of the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s blasphemous caricatures (Peace be upon him).
He experienced fever, however, and according to his party spokesperson, complained of respiratory problems. He was rushed to the hospital, but on Thursday night, he died on the way. His wife, two sons and three daughters survive the 55-year-old clerk.
The funeral was attended by a wide number of religious and political leaders and the public in general, aside from the party followers.
To guarantee that no untoward event has happened, stringent monitoring procedures have been set in place. 26 SHOs and 13 DSPs, along with thousands of security personnel, have been stationed in and around Minar-e-Pakistan, according to the Lahore Police.
At key positions, snipers and wireless jammers were also deployed. Following the funeral, the audience politely dispersed.
Additional traffic wardens were also deployed, but because of the immense crowds, traffic in the town was jammed on all roads leading to and from the site for hours.