Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pakistan's 'father of Taliban' cleric killed in knife attack

Pakistan's 'father of Taliban' cleric killed in knife attack

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.

The family of the religious scholar and the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) officials confirmed the news of his assassination.

Sami-ul-Haq, 80, was stabbed to death in his bed on Friday, his son Hamidullah told local television news channel ARY by telephone.

Maulana Sami has four brothers including Maulana Anwarul Haq who is presently responsible for the administration of Darul Uloom Haqqania - located in Akora Khattak.

"Upon returning to the room, the driver found Maulana Samiul Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood", he said.

Senior religious scholar and a prominent political leader Maulana Samiul Haq has been assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi while the former senator was attempting to join the protests in Islamabad.

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 had also served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

Yousaf Shah, Haq's spokesman, said the attacker's identity and their motive were not immediately known.

Khan was widely criticized for embracing Haq ahead of Pakistan's July elections that put the former cricketer-turned-politician in power.

He was regarded as the "Father of the Taliban" because of the relationship between a student (Talib) and Teacher is a relationship of Father and Child, and had close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.

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