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‘Father of Taliban’ Mullah Sami ul-Haq stabbed to death in Pakistani city

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Pakistani cleric Sami ul-Haq, known as the ‘Father of the Taliban’ for having taught some of the Afghan extremists movement’s leaders, was stabbed to death on Friday at his residence in Rawalpindi, his son said.

Maulana Hamidul Haq said his father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room, reported leading English daily Dawn.

“His driver Haqqani had gone out. On his return, he saw that Maulana Sami was lying in his bed in a pool of blood. He was no longer alive,” Hamid said while talking to Geo News.

The prominent cleric, who was around 83 years old, runs an Islamic school in northwestern Pakistan. Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Akora Khattak.

He was a member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

He had been aligned with the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf for the July 25, 2018 election.