Maulana Sami-ul Haq Gunned Down In Rawalpindi

Maulana Sami-ul Haq Gunned Down In Rawalpindi

Maulana Sami-ul Haq Gunned Down In Rawalpindi

A prominent Pakistani religious scholar and the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami Sami party Maulana Samiul Haq has been assassinated.

The 82-year-old was the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak.

As per the details, Maulana Samiul Haq sustained injuries in a targeted attack at his house in a private housing society in Rawalpindi's Gulraiz area.

Haq's killing has come when religio-political parties in Pakistan are protesting on the streets against the Supreme Court's decision to acquit Asia Bibi.

His party has been an ally of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

He was regarded as "Father of the Taliban" and had close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Unknown attackers killed the cleric, who ran an Islamic seminary in northwestern Pakistan and was seen as a possible intermediary in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, his deputy Yousaf Shah said.

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

Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, expressed condolences for Haq's death. He was twice elected as member of the Senate.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq.

In a statement, he said Maulana Samiul Haq's political and religious services will be remembered.

In a statement from Beijing, where he is now on the visit to China, the prime minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

However, other reports from Pakistan said Sami ul Haq was stabbed to death.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has also condemned the assasination.

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