Afghan Taliban condole killing of their Pakistani father

  • Date of Publication : 3/11/2018 at 10:02 GMT
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The Afghan Taliban has expressed condolences after Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, a senior Pakistani cleric known as father of the insurgent group, was killed on Friday.

The 80-year-old who, who ran an Islamic seminary with Taliban links, was killed at his residence in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

“He was trying to reach the protest in Islamabad but came back home due to roads being blocked. He was resting in his room after Asr [prayers] when his driver-cum-guard went out for 15 minutes,” Haq’s sonMaulana Hamidul Haq said as quoted by Pakistan’s Geo News.

“When he returned, he found Maulana Samiul Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood,” his son said adding there was multiple stabbings.

A nephew of Haq told Reuters that that his uncle was found with stabbing and gunshot wounds.

Haq, ran Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province for decades, with Mullah Mohammad Omar, the founder of the Taliban, being one of its students.

A former senator who ran a faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, Haq repeatedly expressed support for the Afghan Taliban insurgency after it was removed from power in 2001.

Taliban in a statement said that it shares in the grief of the death of Haq. The group hoped that the killers are exposed and humiliated.

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