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Maulana Samiul Haq, father of the Taliban, stabbed to death in Rawalpindi

Maulana Samiul Haq, father of the Taliban, stabbed to death in Rawalpindi”

"When he returned, he found Maulana Samiul Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood", Sami s son said.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the martyrdom of the JUI-S chief and expressed huge grief over it.

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

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.

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Maulana Samiul Haq was also the leader the Darul Uloom Haqqania religious seminary and was openly supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the military condemned the "assassination" and expressed "grief and condolences" to his family.

According to Pakistani media, Maulana Hamidul Haq, the son of the JUI-S chief, said his father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room.

In a statement, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has also denounced the assassination and sought a report from the Inspector General Punjab Police. "He had been ill, and was a heart patient", said Hamidullah. He was the member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997. He said that Haq's services would always be remembered.

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

The prime minister's aide on political affairs, Naeemul Haq, said the religious scholar's martyrdom was a huge tragedy.

Haq was the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania.

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The news of his death comes at a sensitive time, with religio-political parties out on the streets protesting the Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case. 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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