So who is Saad Hussain Rizvi and why has he become the next chief of Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan after the demise of his father. It’s not just about the dynastic politics or passing the throne from a king to his son just because of his genes or just because he was next in line.
Saad Hussain Rizvi has been engaged in all the planning, coordination, and management of his father’s political plus the religious affairs. He was also the brains behind the social media activity of Tehrik-e-Labaik as he formed a formidable force on the ground and also on twitter and facebook. That is why he became the natural choice for the first tier of Tehrik as it was taken for granted that there was no other better choice.
Saad Hussain Rizvi is known as humble yet very strict in discipline. He takes political ambitions very seriously and was always at the forefront of things during marches, sit-ins and public gatherings. His father was on wheelchair so he was the guy who was active always and running around doing the chores. He has been educated in religious seminaries as well as some of the good schools in Lahore. He is also technically savvy.
Dynasty politics takes another leap forward as is being purported by some of the journalists out there but it’s not really true. Saad Hussain Rizvi, Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s son, named Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s new Emir by the party’s Majlis-e-Shura. Now will someone (specially Youthia Leadership and baradari) holler about “hereditary” politics? Now is the right time and place to do so as no one is going to hear them later.
But the game is on as the young will be exploited by well-known very soon against those who are against the well-known. Card is thrown into the field very smartly by well-knowns. There are still lots of unknown about Saad Hussain Rizvi. Saad Hussain Rizvi wiki is also silent about him. Saad Hussain Rizvi is married and living a happy family life. He seems to be educated and moderate. I hope he carries the legacy of his father in a sane manner though you never know who exactly will be his patrons now.
As long as politicians and establishment are enabler of rigid literalist parochial Islam, Pakistan will not be at peace. Blasphemy law is antithetical to Islamic spirit and Prohet’s tradition and teachings. This is what Saad Rizvi needs to understand and rather than becoming a firebrand instigator he needs to calm down people and become a real political force with liberal and progressive values. This is what Pakistan needs.