Father of dead infant ‘forgives TLYR leadership’


ISLAMABAD: A man, whose infant son died last month as he got stuck in a traffic jam Faizabad blockade, has announced that he was withdrawing his complaint against the protesters and their leaders.

On November 9, a sick nine-month-old Hassan‘s parents got stuck in a massive traffic jam on Islamabad Expressway near Koral due to a sit-in staged by the Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) protesters. Around 10:20 pm, the child passed away at a medical facility due to a cardiopulmonary arrest.

Muhammad Bilal, the child’s father filed an application to the police against the TLYR leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi, saying that Khadim Rizvi and his fellows were responsible for his infant son’s death. Koral police subsequently registered an FIR against Rizvi and others for the ‘unintentional murder’ of the child.

In the aftermath of the agreement between the Faizabad protestors and the government, the father announced that he will not be pursuing the case against the TLYR leader, any further saying that at the time of filing the original application he had no idea who the TLYR leader was and what the cause of their sit-in was. While talking to a local media outlet, he said that he had forgiven them because they were sitting in Faizabad in the name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

He added that he was withdrawing the case against the TLYR leader.

A total of 27 FIRs were registered against the Faizabad protesters during the three-week-long sit-in that had brought the capital to a standstill.

While the government and the protest leaders had agreed to release all protesters and close all cases registered against them, some of the cases remain open.