Condolences pour in after Maulana Samiul Haq's assassination

Condolences pour in after Maulana Samiul Haq's assassination

Muslim cleric Sami ul-Haq, known as the "Father of the Taliban" for having taught some of the Afghan Islamist movement's leaders, was found killed on Friday in Pakistan, a relative and his deputy said.

Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the "father of Taliban", was reportedly killed in Pakistan's Rawalpindi.

The bloodied body of Maulana Samiul Haq was discovered in his home in the city of Rawalpindi, though accounts differed as to whether he was shot or stabbed to death.

Sami-ul-Haq, 80, was stabbed to death in his bed on Friday, his son Hamidullah told local television news channel ARY by telephone. "During Asr time, he was resting in his room when his driver-cum-guard went out for 15 minutes", Haq's son Maulana Hamidul Haq said.

In recent weeks, dozens of Afghan clerics had appealed to Sami ul-Haq to use his influence with Afghanistan's Taliban to help convince the militant group to begin peace negotiations.

He twice held roles as a member of Pakistan's Senate.

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

Samiul Haq was now the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Deobandi Islamic seminary which is the alma mater of many prominent Taliban members.

Maulana Samiul Haq had recently aligned with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during Pakistan Assembly elections 2018.

In a statement, he said Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's political and religous services will be remembered. "The nation has been deprived of a great political leader and religious scholar".

Imran Khan, now on an official visit to Beijing, condemned the killing and ordered an investigation, his office said in a statement.

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