LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan Chief Khaddim Hussain Rizvi on Wednesday released from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail following a bail was granted to him a day earlier.

Besides Rizvi, another TLP leader Pir Afzal Qadri has also been released from the prison.

A day earlier, the LHC accepted bail pleas of Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan chief Khadim Rizvi and former TLP patron-in-chief Pir Afzal Qadri in a case related to holding violent protest against the acquittal of Aasia Bibi from blasphemy charge.

The two firebrand religious leaders have been granted bail against surety bonds worth Rs5 million each.

Qadri, who had been booked under sedition and terrorism charges, had resigned from the TLP on May 1 citing health issues and, on the courts earlier directions, issued a public apology for his remarks.

The two-member bench, comprising of Justice Qasim Ali Khan and Justice Asjad Javed Gharal, granted the bail to both till July 15.

At the last hearing, the court had rejected an apology submitted by Qadri over incendiary remarks made by him during a protest against the Supreme Courts acquittal of Aasia Bibi. The lawyers from both sides had completed their arguments before the two-member bench.

Rizvi and Qadri were taken into protective custody by the state during a crackdown in November 2018 after the TLP announced it would observe martyrs day on Nov 25, 2018. The arrests followed weeks after the TLP led three-day protests across the country against Aasia Bibis acquittal.

Civil Lines police had registered an FIR under sections 290/291/353/427/186/188 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and section 6 of the Sound System Punjab Ordinance 2015 against Rizvi and other leaders of the TLP for protests after Aasia Bibi was acquitted by the Supreme Court in October last year. Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 was later added to the FIR.

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