TLP leader Khadim Rizvi has indeed passed away

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Claim: Khadim Rizvi started breathing again after being declared dead and was brought back to the hospital.

Fact: Khadim Rizvi passed away at Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore late evening on 19 November 2020.

News broke around 9pm today that 54 year-old Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan Chief Khadim Rizvi passed away at Lahore’s Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

Soon after, it was reported that Rizvi started breathing again and was brought back to the hospital. This rumour went viral across social media, specially after news organisations such as the Daily Times Pakistan tweeted about it.

Soch Fact Check contacted Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Lahore to verify these claims. Public Relations Officer Abdul Rashid confirmed that Khadim Hussain Rizvi passed away earlier tonight, around 8:30pm. It is not possible for him to start breathing again after being declared clinically dead.

Furthermore, TLP Union Council representative in Karachi Ammad Qadri Ghanchi also confirmed the news of Rizvi’s passing to Soch Fact Check over the phone.

At the time of publishing, we have not been able to verify a viral image circulating of a document that is allegedly Rizvi’s death certificate.

Summary: Sheikh Zayed Hospital and TLP representatives have confirmed that Khadim Rizvi passed away in the late evening of 19 November 2020. Reports that state otherwise are false.

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