‘Father of Taliban’ killed in Pakistan: Know about Samiul Haq, the militant who was once a senator

Pakistan: Maulana Samiul Haq (81), who is known as the “father of the Taliban”, was killed on Friday evening at his home in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi.

Some media reports quoted his family members — wherein they said that he was stabbed to death while several reports claim that he was shot dead and the motive behind the killing of Talibani leader is still under the shadows.

On the other hand Pakistan’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry said: “He has been stabbed to death.”

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility of Friday’s attack.

At the time of incident Haq was relaxing at his home in Rawalpindi, a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan.

“An unidentified assailant entered the house while Mr. Haq’s personal staff members were at a nearby market. They said the attacker went into Mr. Haq’s bedroom, stabbed him in the chest and shoulder multiple times and left”, Police officials were quoted as saying in media reports.

Later, Haq was rushed to a nearby hospital by his personal staff but doctors said he died from blood loss. Police detained his driver and personal assistant for questioning.

Following the killing, Pakistani newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was on an official trip to China to seek some financial aid, portrayed the killings of the Haq as “martyrdom”.

Imran Khan strongly condemned the “martyrdom” of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq.
In a statement from Beijing, the Prime Minister directed authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Who was Sami ul Haq?

  • Maulana Sami ul Haq was a Pakistani religious scholar and senator.
  • He was widely known as the “Father of Taliban in Pakistan” because of his relationship with Mullah Mohammed Omar — who was his student (Talib) and also a prominent leader of Taliban.
  • Haq was the member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997