Tehreek-E-Labbaik Pakistan expands after release of leader Saad Hussain Rizvi: report


ISLAMABAD: The once banned Tehreek-E-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) organization is booming after its leader Saad Hussain Rizvi was released and his ban revoked by Imran Khan’s government.
According to the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), there was a rather secretive agreement between the TLP and Imran Khan’s government reached on October 31 to end the latest round of protests. The deal was not made public, and on November 7, Khan’s cabinet revoked the TLP’s declaration as a banned group.
The TLP has mainly benefited from the divisions between the PML-Nawaz government and the deep state military establishment, ”IFFRAS said, adding that the efforts of the Pakistani military establishment to support different religious groups in order to deteriorate the PML-Nawaz government allowed the TLP to increase space.
Previously, Rizvi had been released on the eve of the anniversary of the death of his father, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, on November 19, who was the founder of TLP.
In addition, the TLP, capable of mobilizing thousands of supporters, was born in 2015 from a protest movement against the Barelvi movement, according to the International Forum for Rights and Security.
The TLP went from a movement to a party after Tehreek Rihai Mumtaz Qadr was hanged in 2016.


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