Religious scholar and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated in a targeted attack in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric and head of Darul Uloom Haqqania, an Islamic seminary and alma mater of several Taliban leaders, talks during an interview with Reuters at his house in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, September 14, 2013.
Maulana Samiul Haq, also known as the "father of Taliban", was reportedly killed in Pakistan's Rawalpindi.
The prime minister's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) entered into a pre-election alliance with Haq's JUI-S, although the two later parted ways before Pakistan's July general vote, which Khan's party swept. Haq had also served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.
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He was regarded as the "Father of the Taliban" because of the relationship between a student (Talib) and Teacher is a relationship of Father and Child, and had close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.
The motive behind the killing was not immediately known, police official Zubair Ahmed said.
In a statement from Beijing, where he is now on the visit to China, the prime minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.
A spokesman for the military condemned the "assassination" and expressed "grief and condolences" to his family. "He had been ill, and was a heart patient", said Hamidullah.
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In a statement, he said Maulana Samiul Haq's political and religious services will be remembered.
Haq was a senior religio-political figure who had twice been elected as a senator.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has also condemned the assassination.
Prime Minister Imran Khan's party had sought to work closely with him to implement various reforms and mainstream madrassah education.
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