Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, 'Father Of The Taliban,' Killed

Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, 'Father Of The Taliban,' Killed

Kerry Wise
November 3, 2018

Maulana Sami ul Haq, a leading Islamist cleric, was killed in Pakistan on Friday by unknown assailants, his nephew and son reported.

Ul-Haq was known as "Father of the Taleban".

JUI-S's Peshawar president also confirmed the chief's death following an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi.

Earlier, some reports suggested that gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on Samiul Haq's vehicle and sped away.

"With Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's martyrdom, the country has lost an important religious and political leader", he said on Friday.

A security guard of Sami ul Haq also has sustained serious injury, the report said.

Last month, a high-level delegation from Afghanistan had called on Sami, known as the "Father of the Taliban", at Darul Uloom Haqqania and urged him to play a role in resolving the Afghan issue.

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Haq's seminary has continued to thrive in Pakistan, including being allocated funding in the budgets of the provincial government, which is headed by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Haq was a senior religio-political figure who had twice been elected as a senator. He was the member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

The prime minister said Maulana Samiul Haq was a great scholar of Islam.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has also condemned the assassination.

Haq's sprawling Haqqani seminary taught many of Afghanistan's Taliban and thousands of other students a strict interpretation of Islam.

Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric and head of Darul Uloom Haqqania, an Islamic seminary and alma mater of several Taliban leaders, talks during an interview with Reuters at his house in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, September 14, 2013. He said that Haq's services would always be remembered.