Pakistan's 'father of the Taliban' cleric killed in knife attack
03 November, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Lucy Floyd
He also led the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak, Dawn reported.
The prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the "father of the Taliban", has been killed in a knife attack at his home in Rawalpindi. "He returned to his house and was resting in his room", he said. He said Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was a great scholar of Islam. The JUI-S chief was injured and was being taken to the hospital when he succumbed to his wounds on the way.
Media reports said that a security guard of the deceased cleric was critically wounded.
The Senate website describes him as: "A qualified religious scholar, an educationist, a research scholar and a lieutenant of his father, late Maulana Abdul Haq".
DW interviewed Haq in 2015, during a visit to Haqqania.
A member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islaml Pakistan has confirmed Sami ul Haq's assassination.
The JUI-S chief headed a committee formed for peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2014.
The news of his death comes at a sensitive time, with religio-political parties out on the streets protesting the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case.
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Later, he said, "I heard the explosion and I knew they were dead". "These are small children", he said. According to the palestinian Centre for Human rights, they were between the ages of 14 to 15 years.
President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of Maulana Samiul Haq. The army chief also extended his condolences to the bereaved family.
PTI chairman and Prime Minister Imran Khan has condemned the assassination of Sami, stating that the country had been deprived of an important religious leader. In a statement from Beijing, where he is now on visit to China, the Prime Minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the "people of Afghanistan will never forget (Haq's) services for them" and his killers were the "enemies of Islam".
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