TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi passes away

Statesman Report

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi passed away on Thursday.

The TLP leader was suffering from fever since the past few days, confirmed family sources and had complained about the fever as he led a protest at the Faizabad Interchange a few days ago.

After Rizvi's health deteriorated, he was taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital Thursday where he expired, confirmed hospital sources.

The TLP chief's body was taken to a private hospital afterwards and from there, was sent to his home. A large number of TLP workers gathered at his house to mourn his passing.

Rizvi was born in Attock district on June 22, 1966. For his early education, he studied Hifz and Tajweed from a madressah in Jhelum and later on studied from the Jamia Nizamia Rizvia in Lahore.

"Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi's death is a tragedy," said Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi. "We offer condolences to Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi's family," he added.

The TLP chief was a consequential figure in the political landscape of Pakistan for the past three to four years.

His party held a major sit-in in 2017 against the PML-N government. Subsequently, in the 2018 general elections, he obtained 2.2 million votes and TLP emerged as the country's fifth largest party.