Reportedly, for the last few days, the TLP chief was suffering from fever. According to family sources, Rizvi had complained about the fever after leading a protest at the Faizabad Interchange a few days before his demise.
Following the news of Rizvi’s demise, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences to the TLP leader and his family.
Imrak Khan tweeted, “On the passing of Maulana Khadim Hussain Rizvi my condolences go to his family.”
Reportedly, Khadim Hussain Rizvi was taken to Sheikh Zayed Hospital at 8:45 pm on Thursday after his health worsened. However, according to hospital sources, he expired on his way to the hospital before arriving for treatment. The hospital further informed that people who accompanied Rizvi to the hospital did not provide any clear information about his disease or any related history.
Following his demise, Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s body was taken to his home at Grand Battery Stop in Multan Road. A large number of TLP workers gathered to see him.
Rizvi was known in India for his aggressive stance on religious minorities in Pakistan. From time to time, he made several derogatory remarks on Hindus and other minority groups calling them names like infidels. “Either be loyal to the Prophet or leave Islam. There is no third way for true Muslims; the third way is only for hypocrites and infidels.” Rizvi told his supporters at a meeting last year.
His party, the TLP sees itself as the guardian of Hurmat-e-Rasool (the honour of Prophet Muhammad) and the guardian of Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy laws.
For the last three, four years, Rizvi emerged to be a significant figure in the political landscape of Pakistan.
In 2017, his party held a major sit-in against the PML-N government. Later, in the 2018 general elections, he got 2.2 million votes and TLP emerged as the country’s fifth-largest party.