Maulana Samiul Haq, considered `father of Taliban`, killed in Pakistan

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Prominent Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also known as the 'Father of Taliban, ' was killed in an attack in Rawalpindi on Friday, 2 November.

Maulana Samiul Haq was also the leader the Darul Uloom Haqqania religious seminary and was openly supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

As per the details, Maulana Samiul Haq sustained injuries in a targeted attack at his house in a private housing society in Rawalpindi's Gulraiz area. He formed Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (United Religious Front), an alliance of relatively small religio-political parties, to participate in Pakistani general election, 2013.

Maulana Sami, the chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, was unable to take part in the protest that was underway against Bibi's acquittal due to road blockades and had returned home, his son said.

Haq was known as the father of the Afghan Taliban due to the enormous influence and respect he enjoyed among the leaders and cadres of the militia.

However, the Reuters news agency quoted Samiul ul-Haq's deputy, Yousaf Shah, and a relative as saying the cleric was shot dead by unknown assailants.

A spokesman for the military condemned the "assassination" and expressed "grief and condolences" to his family. The prime minister has sought a report and directed that an investigation be carried out immediately to find the perpetrators. "He had been ill, and was a heart patient", said Hamidullah.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the brutal murder of Maulana Samiul Haq was "utterly condemnable".

The Senate website describes him as: "A qualified religious scholar, an educationist, a research scholar and a lieutenant of his father, late Maulana Abdul Haq".

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has also condemned the assasination.