Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has announced to continue its peaceful protest till the release of its chief. Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi, who was detained on April 12 this year, has now completed two detentions of 90 days each but still not released from the jail. Government's move to detain him has been declared illegal by Lahore High Court (LHC). Furthermore, government's request to extend his detention beyond 90 days has been turned twice by provincial and federal review boards.
Despite all the judicial rulings, government has not released Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi. Though LHC nullified his detention on October 1, but he was not released by government and completed ninety days of his second detention on October 9, 2021. Government's request to extend the detention has been turned down by federal review board and TLP chief is now under unlawful detention.
A massive crowd of TLP gathered at central secretariat at Jamia Masjid Rehmatulilalameen and outside Kot Lakhpat jail to welcome their leader on October 9 when deputy commissioner Lahore ordered the release of Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi. However, when government didn't release him with malicious intentions, Central Executive Committee (CEC) of TLP directed their outraged workers to keep themselves calm and wait at Jamia Masjid Rehmatuilalameen for their beloved leader. CEC announced that everyone will go back after welcoming TLP chief. No developments from government were seen on following week too and CEC announced the peaceful protest outside central secretariat, on Mulatn Road Lahore.
Now, it has been a week since the protest is going on with roads open for traffic. TLP volunteers are making the smooth flow of traffic ensure. Members of CEC are also present on the road for a week now. In Friday sermon, Allama Sarwar Saifi once again warned government to release Hafiz Saad Hussain Rizvi as soon as possible. He maintained that government's is not paying heed on judicial rulings and their peaceful protest and outcries when TLP stages peaceful sit-ins closing the roads.
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