Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, known as ‘father of Taliban’, shot dead

Maulana Samiul Haq considered 'father of Taliban', killed in Pakistan

Earlier reports had emerged suggesting that Maulana Samiul Haq was shot dead by gunmen riding a motorcycle.

Maulana Hamid-ul-Haq said that his father was attacked at his residence by some unknown assailants, who stabbed him.

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.

Samiul Haq was the chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and died in an assassination attempt, news agency PTI reported. The President paid tributes to Maulana Samiul Haq s religious, social and political services.

Haq also led a faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Pakistan, a party that wants to institute total Islamic law in the state.




Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar condemning the assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq sought a report from the Inspector General of Punjab police.

"The martyrdom of Maulana is a big tragedy", he said, adding that Maulana had met Prime Minister Imran Khan 15 days ago as part of government's efforts to introduce modern education in seminaries. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the martyrdom of Maulana Sami and expressed enormous grief over it. "The nation has been deprived of a great political leader and religious scholar".

This was confirmed by Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's son Maulana Hamid-ul Haq, while talking to a private channel on phone. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also offered his condolences to the aggrieved family.

The Minister said the attack is a conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan.

Sami ul-Haq, who was in his 80s, was known as the father of the Afghan Taliban due to the enormous influence and respect he enjoyed among the leaders of the militant group.

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