Pakistani cleric often called ‘father of the Taliban’ stabbed to demise

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A outstanding Pakistani cleric often called the “father of the Taliban” was stabbed to demise, his household and police mentioned.

Maulana Samiul Haq died within the metropolis of Rawalpindi throughout an assault whereas he was alone in his bed room, mentioned his son Hamidul Haq, who escaped unhurt.

“My father has been martyred. He was alone at his house. His guard had gone out minutes earlier than the assault and upon his return he noticed my father in vital situation,” he mentioned. 

The 81-year-old non secular scholar was taken to a close-by hospital the place he died. Neither the id of the attacker nor their motive is but identified.

Mr Haq’s demise triggered riots amongst his supporters in each Islamabad and Rawalpindi, with retailers and automobiles broken.

A well known instructor with a big following amongst radical Islamists, Mr Haq was the top of his faction of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI) get together and loved affect over Pakistan and Afghanistan’s Taliban

Most of the group’s leaders studied a strict interpretation of Islam at his Haqqani seminary, incomes him the “father of the Taliban” title.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, the deputy chief of the Haqqani community, a US-designated terrorist organisation, was certainly one of dozens of Taliban leaders who graduated from Mr Haq’s seminary, situated within the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border with Afghanistan.

In current weeks, dozens of Afghan clerics had appealed to Haq to make use of his affect with Afghanistan’s Taliban to plot a path to peace that may finish the 17-year-long conflict there.

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned Haq’s killing.

“We misplaced an excellent scholar and non secular chief right now,” mentioned Mr Khan in a press release from China the place he’s on an official go to.

Mr Khan was broadly criticised for embracing Haq forward of Pakistan’s July elections that put the previous cricketer-turned-politician in energy.

Mr Khan’s provincial authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa donated hundreds of thousands of {dollars} to Haq’s hard-line seminary.

He defended the transfer saying he needed to see Pakistan’s hundreds of madrassas, or non secular colleges, broaden their curriculum.

Mr Haq’s funeral is anticipated to be held on Saturday on the town of Akora Khattak, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Further reporting by AP

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