Infighting erupts over succession issue of new TLP Chief

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Infighting erupts over succession issue of new TLP Chief

Infighting has been reported between the founders and new ameer of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), a religio-political party previously led by late Khadim Rizvi, has taken a new turn.

At the funeral of 54-year-old Rizvi, who passed away in Lahore after a brief ailment, his 26-year-old son Saad was chosen the new party leader.

However, it didn’t go well with Rizvi’s former aide Pir Afzal Qadri – another firebrand cleric – along with many others who were previously supporting the Rizvi group.

In a recent address to his followers, Qadri who still maintains his position as the party’s real founder came hard upon Khadim Hussain and his son Saad Rizvi over the latter’s appointment as the new party chief.

“He (Saad) is a ‘drug addict’,” Qadri said, recalling the time when late Rizvi used to ask him to pray for (the alleged addiction) of his son.

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Sharing how he started his movement (against blasphemy) in 1965, a year before Khadim Hussain Rizvi was born, Qadri said that “he was the mastermind” of the party and questioned the former TLP chief’s contributions to the party.

“Khadim *sb* joined the party when protests in favour of Mumtaz Qadri (the assassin of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer) emerged,” he added.

“We had agreed on not nominating our children as successors - keeping the party free of kinship.”

He then claimed that the new TLP chief hasn’t even studied the books of first-year (of Islamic education). “I know him (Saad) since his childhood. He is not a final year student of Abu Dharr Ghaffari (Madarassah),” Qadri maintained.

“If he (Saad) has (enough knowledge) he should brief about it in front of the Ulema,” he insisted.

He then blamed the new TLP chief of wrongfully taking over the party.

“He’s illiterate, not even a Hafiz. He had only recited a few paras nor did he ever recite *mussalah*. If he’s a *hafiz *why doesn’t he recite *mussalah*?” Qadri questioned.

“Not even an Aalim, he’s mentally sick,” he continued, “How can he lead the Ummah as *ameer*?”

In the end, he announced that the son of late Khadim Hussain Rizvi was not eligible for taking charge of the party.

“I announce he is not eligible, I’m the founder of the Party and I will decide the leader (*ameer*), I will soon announce the leader in a convention, we will form a powerful party”.