'Father of Taliban' Mullah Sami ul-Haq killed in Pakistan: deputy

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

Maulana Sami Ul-Haq was stabbed and shot by unknown killers in an attack at his home in central Punjab province in Pakistan.

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

Haq, a heart patient, was killed by unidentified attackers while he was resting in his room, his son Maulana Hamidul Haq was quoted as saying by Geo News.

Samiul Haq was the chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and died in an assassination attempt, news agency PTI reported. He formed Mutahida Deeni Mahaz (United Religious Front), an alliance of relatively small religio-political parties, to participate in Pakistani general election, 2013.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) condemned the killing of Maulana Samiul Haq and said that serious action would be taken against the killers.

A divisive figure, Haq was known as the "Father of the Taliban".




Yousaf Shah, Haq's spokesman, told The Associated Press that neither the attacker nor their motive was yet known. The army chief also extended his condolences to the bereaved family. Haq had also served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

Haq was a senior religio-political figure who had twice been elected as a senator.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in China on a state visit, issued a statement condemning the attack on Haq. In a statement from Beijing, where he is now on visit to China, the Prime Minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The prime minister said Maulana Samiul Haq was a great scholar of Islam.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the brutal murder of Maulana Samiul Haq was "utterly condemnable".

Former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal said the awful news of the assassination was very tragic.

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