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Pir Afzal Qadri quits TLP.

Lahore -- Pir Afzal Qadri, the patron-in-chief of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, has retired from the party and also issued an apology for provocative remarks he passed after the Supreme Court exonerated Aasia Bibi of false blasphemy charges.

Qadri issued the apology and announced his retirement decision in a statement issued on Tuesday, which came along with a video of him reading out the text.

'I am a patient of cardiac disease, paralysis, kidney disease, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure. When the Supreme Court announced its verdict in the Asia Masih case, my religious sentiments were hurt and I delivered a speech. I am extremely sorry for hurting the sentiments of the government, the judiciary and the chief of army staff,' said Qadri.

The incarcerated religious leader said he had decided to retire last year and had even informed his friends and family. 'I am announcing the decision now because my health has deteriorated further.' He urged TLP leaders and workers to operate in line with Pakistan's laws and refrain from aggression. 'Everyone must remain peaceful and stay away from activities against the integrity of the state. There will be no tolerance for acts of vandalism, arson, and destruction of public and private properties. Terrorism, murder and killings, societal discord and sectarian violence must be opposed and discouraged.'

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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 2, 2019
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