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TLP chief taken into protective custody: Fawad

LAHORE: The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi has been taken into protective custody by Lahore police on late Friday night, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed.

Police arrested Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the chief of the politico-religious Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party, from his residence in Lahore on Friday night.

Police sources confirmed Rizvi’s arrest, which comes days before the TLP’s planned public rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on November 25.

Sources said law enforcers carried out an operation on Multan Road in Lahore and arrested at least 50 members of the TLP, including the party chief.

Earlier this month, the group led days-long protests by religious parties that left roads blocked and paralysed routine life in major cities of the country.

The protests—which erupted after the Supreme Court ordered the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since 2010, acquitting her of blasphemy charges—ended after a an agreement with the government.

The group had also paralysed the federal capital for weeks when it staged a sit-in at the Faizabad interchange in November last year.

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