Death of firebrand cleric in Pakistan clouds future of extremist movement

Khadim Hussain Rizvi (in wheelchair), head of Tehrik Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR), has died of an as yet unknown cause. – EPA pic, November 21, 2020.

IN life, Pakistani hard-line cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi terrorised the country’s religious minorities and incited nationwide riots, all while issuing pleas for the nuclear annihilation of European nations.

Yet, following his sudden death on Thursday, days after leading a paralysing anti-France rally in the capital, Pakistan’s military hailed him as a “great scholar” and Prime Minister Imran Khan offered his heartfelt condolences – both likely wary of the power of his movement.

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