Police detain TLP chief Saad Hussain Rizvi over protest plan

Saad Hussain Rizvi, the chief of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, has been detained in Lahore, confirmed a celebration spokesperson on Monday.

Pir Ejaz Ashrafi advised SAMAA Digital that Rizvi was taken in after Zuhr prayers on Monday from Jamia Masjid Rehmat ul Aalameen on Multan Road, Lahore.

The police didn’t give any motive, Pir Ashrafi stated, including that it could possibly be as a result of the TLP chairperson had introduced a protest on April 20.

His detention comes a day after he introduced that the get together will maintain a march in opposition to the federal government on April 20. In November 2020, the PTI authorities had signed an settlement with the TLP, agreeing to expel the French ambassador from Pakistan with “consensus from parliament” after the group staged a protest in Islamabad over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French journal.

Syed Zaheer-ul-Islam Shah, the deputy head of the TLP, stated in a video launched on social media that the federal government had violated the settlement to expel the French ambassador by arresting Rizvi.

Last week, Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri stated in an announcement that the federal government will take the settlement it signed with the TLP to parliament. “This issue will be resolved with parliament’s consultation and assistance,” Qadri had stated.

“It is parliament’s authority whether they consider it right or wrong,” the minister stated, when requested if the French ambassador could be expelled from Pakistan.

Saad was elected because the TLP chief in November 2020, by the get together’s Shura after his father Khadim Hussan Rizvi’s death. The announcement was made after the funeral prayers.

A senior police official in Lahore advised SAMAA Digital that no FIR has been filed in opposition to the TLP chief however he was detained as a “pre-emptive measure”. The authorities has the ability to detain anybody underneath the Maintenance of Public Order regulation if they’re thought of to be a risk to the regulation and order scenario.

Who is Saad Rizvi?
Saad Rizvi, Allama Rizvi’s 26-year-old son, was chosen to guide the get together by its 18-member shura. He has been energetic within the get together for the previous few years, serving as its deputy secretary common. He used to remain in contact with reporters and made the get together presence felt on social media.

According to his good friend Salman, Saad is a scholar of Darja-e-Aaliya of Dars-e-Nizami. He is learning at his father’s Abuzar Ghaffari seminary.

“He is a smart man with deep interest in books,” stated Salman. “Unlike other madrassa students, Saad knows the importance of social media and used it to spread his father’s message.”

The TLP and its members had accounts on Facebook however they knew nothing about Twitter, stated Salman. Saad knew that the microblogging web site was an important platform and believed that the get together ought to have a presence on it as a result of the mainstream media wasn’t giving them protection.

“He visited several madrassas and explained Twitter and its use to the students,” his good friend stated. “Now, you can see TLP trends on Twitter.”

Saad is common amongst younger get together staff and in addition labored as a bridge between them and Allama Rizvi, in response to his good friend.

Protesters block main Pakistan roads, highways

Several highways and busy roads had been blocked by the TLP staff after Rizvi’s arrest.

In Karachi, the protesters blocked a number of busy roads, together with II Chundrigar Road, Garden, Jail Chowrangi, Numaish, Malir, Baldia Town and Hassan Square.

In Punjab, Lahore to Islamabad M-2 motorway and N-5 Highway had been blocked as a result of protest. According to Lahore police, no less than 32 factors within the metropolis had been blocked on account of protest by the employees of the TLP.

What type of get together is the TLP?
Before the TLP, Pakistan had two Barelvi political teams: the Sunni Tehreek and Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan. (Barelvi versus Deoband). None of them was mainstream, explains Sabookh Syed, an Islamabad-based analyst who displays such teams. “The JUP and Sunni Tehreek never fielded candidates all over the country but the TLP did in the last election.”

There is just one man who deserves credit score making TLP mainstream and that was Allama Rizvi, stated Syed. Of course, each spiritual group tried to erect Mumtaz Qadri as their image however all of them failed the place Rizvi succeeded. “He had a charismatic personality and an aggressive unique style of delivering sermons that made him the centre of attraction.”

Syed stated in his opinion it could be an uphill job for his son to imitate such type and aggression and the get together may lose help within the subsequent elections.

Additional reporting by Riaz Ahmed

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