Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated in Rawalpindi

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ISLAMABAD (AP) - Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the "father of the Taliban", was killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, his family and police said.

Maulana Hamidul Haq said his octogenarian father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room.

JUI-S's Peshawar president also confirmed the chief's death following an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi.

The report said gunmen riding on motorbikes opened fire on Sami ul Haq's vehicle and as a result he was injured and then died.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has condemned the assasination of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq and sought report from the Inspector General of Punjab police.

Last month, a high-level delegation from Afghanistan had called on Sami, known as the "Father of the Taliban", at Darul Uloom Haqqania and urged him to play a role in resolving the Afghan issue. "He had been ill, and was a heart patient", said Hamidullah.

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Haq also led a faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Pakistan, a party that wants to institute total Islamic law in the state.

He headed a political party and was twice elected as member of the Senate, the upper house of Pakistan's parliament.

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

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

Sami ul-Haq, who was in his 80s, ran an Islamic school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan's northwest.

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

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