Maulana Samiul Haq, ‘godfather of Taliban’, killed in attack in Rawalpindi

PM Imran has sought a report after Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's assassination file

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

"My father was on way to a sit-in protest in Islamabad".

"He was resting in his room during Asr time when his driver/guard went out for 15 minutes". He said Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was a great scholar of Islam.

The delegation had appealed to the JUI-S chief to play the role of a mediator between different groups of Taliban as they considered him [Maulana Sami] their elder.

The intense gunfire also reportedly injured Haq's driver and guard.

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Maulana Samiul Haq was a religious scholar and former Senator. He was twice elected as member of the Senate.

Sami ul Haq was known as the spiritual father of Taliban.

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

Pakistani government officials confirmed Haq's death, though details remained hazy.

The JUI-S chief headed a committee formed for peace talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2014.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned Haq's assassination and expressed grief over it, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter. Condemning this tragic incident, he expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

The President paid tributes to Maulana Samiul Haq's religious, social and political services.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is now in China for an official visit, said the country had been deprived of an important religious leader whose services would always be remembered. The prime minister has sought a report and directed that an investigation be carried out immediately to find the perpetrators. Maulana Sami was a heart patient, Hamid said.

Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal said the bad news of the assassination was very tragic. Samiul Haq was also a founding member of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal. Haq had emerged as one of Khan's allies since the PTI came to power in the province after elections in 2013.

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