Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated at Rawalpindi residence

Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated at Rawalpindi residence

Prominent religious scholar and former senator Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also known as the godfather of Taliban, was assassinated in a targeted attack in Rawalpindi on Friday, Pakistani media reported.

Haq's son, Hamidul Haq, said his father was alone in his bedroom when he was attacked by an assailant, who escaped undetected.

A member of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islaml Pakistan has confirmed Sami ul Haq's assassination.

Earlier reports had emerged suggesting that Maulana Samiul Haq was shot dead by gunmen riding a motorcycle.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has also denounced the assassination and sought a report from the Inspector General Punjab Police.

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

Haq was known as the father of the Afghan Taliban due to the vast influence and respect he enjoyed among the leaders and cadres of the militia. The President paid tributes to Maulana Sami-ul-Haq s religious, social and political services.

Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was director of madrassa Darul Uloom Haqqania in Nowshera distrcit of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan which was a breeding ground for many top Taliban leaders including Mullah Omar.

The Senate website describes him as: "A qualified religious scholar, an educationist, a research scholar and a lieutenant of his father, late Maulana Abdul Haq".

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

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. Khan had been criticized for supporting Haq, including donating funds to the Haqqania seminary when he was head of a provincial government.

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