Mammoth crowd turns out for Khadim Rizvi’s funeral at Minar-e-Pakistan
Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered at the grounds of Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on Saturday morning to attend the funeral prayers for TLP chief Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who died on Thursday last, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
All arrangements have been finalized as the mammoth crowd gathered and waited anxiously for the body to arrive. The ambulance carrying Rizvi’s body was moving at a snail’s pace through the crowd towards the funeral site.
The funeral prayer of Khadim Hussain Rizvi which was scheduled to be held at 10:00am at Minar-e-Pakistan grounds on Saturday was passed as the ambulance carrying the body of the TLP chief was on its way to the funeral site at a very slow pace due to the huge crowd accompanying it.
It was earlier announced that the funeral time was now changed to 11:00am but that too seemed to be passed while the ambulance was continuing its journey towards the Minar-e-Pakistan. There was a possibility that the ambulance will reach the funeral site around Zohr prayers.
The venue for the funeral prayers, the Greater Iqbal Park at Minar-e-Pakistan grounds was jam-packed on Saturday ahead of the Namaz-i-Janaza. Waves and waves of people thronged the grounds and filled it to capacity.
Thousands of people now lined up outside the grounds on the road and on the elevated Metro bus bridges in order to attend the funeral.
It is be being reported that over 200,000 people have been in attendance at Minar-e-Pakistan.
Hundreds of shocked followers of Khadim Hussain Rizvi walked slowly alongside the ambulance carrying his body. They were reciting the Wird ‘Labbaik, Labbaik, Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah’.
Many of them came from far-off places even from other cities and provinces and some are said to be came from outside the country to have a last glimpse of their beloved leader.
On many occasions, the mourners stopped the ambulance, showered rose petals on the vehicle and requested the family to have a last look on Khadim Rizvi’s face which they allowed.
The police have deputed around 50 reserves, 26 Station House officers, 13 DSPs along with a large number of police personnel. Media was allowed to cover the funeral prayers and a committee has been constituted to facilitate them.
Reports said Rizvi will be buried at Rehmatul Lil Alameen Mosque near Yateem Khana Chowk.
The TLP chief had breathed his last on Thursday night at the age of 54. He was unwell since the last few days, confirmed his family members and had complained about fever as he led a protest at the Faizabad Interchange a few days ago.
Rizvi was born in Attock district on June 22, 1966. For his early education, he studied Hifz and Tajweed from a madrassah in Jhelum and later on studied from the Jamia Nizamia Rizvia in Lahore. In 2015, he founded political party called Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).