Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been arrested in a crackdown against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan to stop the group from reaching Liaquat Bagh.
“He was arrested from his hujra in Lahore,” a family member of Rizvi told Media.
“We have received reports of our workers’ arrests from different parts of the country,” Pir Ejaz Ashrafi, a TLP spokesperson told Media. The TLP, a politico-religious party, has planned a public rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh to ‘honour its martyrs’ on November 25.
The group had paralyzed Pakistan’s capital for 21 days in November last year when it staged a sit-in at Faizabad interchange against changes to the oath lawmakers take.
The previous PML-N government signed an agreement with the TLP leadership. It was decided that November 25 would be observed as ‘Martyrs of Prophet (PBUH’s) honour day’.
A government official, on condition of anonymity, told Media that a crackdown against the TLP activists has been ordered in Rawalpindi and other districts of Punjab.
The TLP had recently staged sit-ins across the country following the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Aasia Bibi.
The sit-ins ended on November 3 after the federal government agreed to initiate proceedings to place Aasia Bibi’s name on the Exit Control List.
No government official has so far publicly confirmed the crackdown. A Punjab information minister denied reports. “We haven’t launched any operation,” said Punjab information minister Fayaz ul Hasan Chohan. “I have no such reports.”