Founder of hardline Pakistani Islamist party dies aged 54

The founder of an influential Pakistani Islamist party created to protest any reforms to the country’s ultra-conservative blasphemy laws died Thursday, days after leading demonstrations against France, an official said.Khadim Hussain Rizvi, 54, who had led Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) since its creation in 2015, died in hospital in the eastern city of Lahore after “suffering from a fever”, TLP spokesman Pir Ijaz Ashrafi told AFP.Officials did not immediately provide a cause of death for the firebrand cleric.Rizvi in recent days had led anti-France protests in the capital Islamabad calling …

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