LAHORE: On Thursday, after a protracted illness, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, president of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), died in a hospital in Lahore, just two days after his followers staged a strong protest against France in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Family sources said that for the last few days, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, 54, has 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.
A video clip shows supporters at the hospital grieving their leader’s death.
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The body of Maulana Rizvi was moved to his Lahore residence, where a large number of party leaders and supporters had gathered. As the news of his death spread, TLP supporters headed to Lahore in large numbers from other cities.
Meanwhile as people learned that Rizvi was breathing once again, confusion prevailed. A TLP spokeswoman, however, told the media that when they tested him, the medical workers pronounced him dead. Hafiz Saad Rizvi, the son of Rizvi, stated that attempts had been made to revive his father, but he died.
In a video clip, Allama Inayatul Haq, Amir of the TLP North Punjab, urged supporters to resume their trip to Lahore and pay no mind to reports that the cleric had begun breathing. Haq said, “Quaid-e-Millat-e-Islamia, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi has died.”
Local TLP officials said that on Saturday (tomorrow) at 11am the funeral prayer for Maulana Rizvi will be held at the Minar-e-Pakistan ground.
At a sit-in staged by thousands of TLP backers at Rawalpindi’s Faizabad Interchange, Allama Rizvi made his last public appearance to rail against the release of blasphemous cartoons in France. After fruitful talks between the TLP and a government team, the sit-in finished in the wee hours of Tuesday.
On Monday afternoon, Rizvi entered Faizabad. Haq and other officials, however, met with the federal government delegation, headed by Noorul Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs. Rizvi addressed the participants after completing the consensus, before leaving for Lahore.
Rizvi was born in Nikka Toot in Attock district on June 22, 1966. He received his religious education from the madrassas at Jhelum and Dina and later graduated from Jamia Nizamia, Lahore, in Dars-e-Nizami.
Condolences pour in
After the demise of Allama Rizvi, condolences poured in from every part of the world. Rizvi received rich tributes from religious and political figures, including Prime Minister Imran Khan and many ministers. Religious scholars have said that it would be difficult to fill the void produced by the death of Allama Rizvi.
On the passing of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi my condolences go to his family. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 19, 2020
According to Inter-Services Public Relations, Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed heartfelt condolences for the tragic death of Allama Rizvi.
“May Allah Almighty, in eternal peace, bless the departed soul,” the COAS said.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa,#COAS, expresses heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi. “May Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in eternal peace, Ameen” COAS.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) November 19, 2020
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed his grief at the TLP chief’s demise. “He said in a statement: “May Allah bless his [Khadim Rizvi] soul and grant the bereaved family and his supporters patience.
Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, Minister for Religious Affairs, shared profound grief and sorrow over the death of the TLP founders. He prayed for the departed soul in his condolence letter.
He said the services of Islamic clerics will be remembered for a prolonged period of time.
Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Punjab government spokesman, also gave sympathy for Rizvi’s murder.
Sad news of Molana khadim Hussain Rizvi’s demise. Inna lil lahe wa illayhe rajiuoon. May god bless his soul.
— Senator Shibli Faraz (@shiblifaraz) November 19, 2020