Pakistan: Maulana Sami-ul-Haq of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party (Sami-ul-Haq group), who is also sometimes referred to as ‘Father of Afghan Taliban’, was killed in a targeted attack in Rawalpindi late Friday evening.
There are conflicting reports about how he was killed. His family says he was stabbed to death in his house while some of his party leaders said he was shot dead while traveling in his vehicle. This is a developing story.
He was taken to the Safari Hospital in Rawalpindi where doctors pronounced him dead. After being informed of the demise of the JUI-S chief, a large number of party workers began reaching the hospital.
Photo of the cleric’s dead body has been circulating on social media.
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It has now been confirmed by local authorities and Maulana Sami-ul-Haq’s family that he was killed inside his bedroom where he was taking rest. He was reportedly stabbed multiple times. There are also some unconfirmed reports that he was also shot after being stabbed. His gunmen and family members were not present at home at the time of the attack.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the death of Maulana Sami ul Haq.
In a statement, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. He said Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was a great scholar of Islam.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar condemning the assassination of Maulana Sami ul Haq sought a report from the Inspector General of Punjab police.
Background on Maulana Sami-ul-Haq
Maulana Sami-ul-Haq belonged to the spiritual family of Akora Khattak where he was born in 1936. A holder of Sanad-e-Fazilat-o-Faraghat and Sanad Daura Fafseer-e-Quran from Darul Aloom Haqqania, Akora Khattak and Sheik-ul-Hadith (Honorary) of Deo Band, Maulana Sahib imparted religious education at his almamater, to the students and held important positions in the academic and administrative staff of the Darul Aloom.
As a member of Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam, he conducted, with success, the election campaign for his father Maulana Abdul Haq in 1970,1977 and 1985 and assisted him in carrying out his obligations as a Member of the National Assembly.
He was an active protagonist of Tahreek-i-Khatam-e-Nabowat in 1974 and Tahreek-i-Nizam-i-Mustafa in 1977. He remained a member of the Majlis-i-Shoora in 1983-85 and was a member of the Presidential Committee on religious matters.
He was elected to the Senate in 1985 and was one of the principal movers of the historic Shariat Bill in the Senate. He was re-elected as Senator in 1991 for another six year term.
Jihadist group Hizbul Ahrar released an eulogy for Maulana Sami-ul-Haq.
Afghan Taliban spokesperson released a statement condemning the death of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq.
This story will be updated in real time.