Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated at Rawalpindi residence

Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated at Rawalpindi residence

Haq, a former senator, was the leader of the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami.

However, the Reuters news agency quoted Samiul ul-Haq's deputy, Yousaf Shah, and a relative as saying the cleric was shot dead by unknown assailants.

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the "people of Afghanistan will never forget (Haq's) services for them" and his killers were the "enemies of Islam". "During Asr time, he was resting in his room when his driver-cum-guard went out for 15 minutes", Haq's son Maulana Hamidul Haq said. "He was no longer alive", Hamid said while talking to Geo News. He said Sami-ul-Haq was a great religious scholar and leader.

He twice held roles as a member of Pakistan's Senate.

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.

Tucked away in a dusty Pakistani town off the main motorway to the Afghan border, his Darul Uloom Haqqania university was the launching pad for the Taliban in the 1990s and is still often described as the incubator for Islamist terrorists.

JUI-S's Peshawar president also confirmed the chief's death following an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the brutal murder of Maulana Samiul Haq was "utterly condemnable".

State Minister for Interior Shahryar Afridi condemned the slaying in a statement and said he "shared the pain" of his family.

Naeem ul Haq, the special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, strongly condemned the killing of Maulana Samiul Haq.

He recalled that Maulana Samiul Haq was one of the few clerics who had openly supported the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government in running polio eradication campaign.

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