Pakistani cleric Haq, known as ‘father of the Taliban,’ killed in Rawalpindi attack 

  03 November 2018    Read: 1005
Pakistani cleric Haq, known as ‘father of the Taliban,’ killed in Rawalpindi attack 

Pakistani police and the family of prominent cleric Maulana Samiul Haq say he has been killed in a knife attack at his home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. 

He was also known as the “father of the Taliban,” having taught some of the Afghan Islamist movement’s leaders. Haq’s son, Hamidul, said his father was killed on Friday, AP reports.

Yousaf Shah, Haq’s spokesman, said the attacker’s identity and their motive were not immediately known. Haq was the head of his faction of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party. The religious scholar was the founder of the Haqqania seminary, where dozens of Afghan leaders have received their education. In a separate report, Reuters said that the cleric was shot dead, citing a relative and his deputy.


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