‘Father of Taliban’ Mullah Sami ul-Haq killed in Pakistani metropolis
By Jibran Ahmed and Asif Shahzad
PESHAWAR, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Muslim cleric Sami ul-Haq, often known as the “Father of the Taliban” for having taught a number of the Afghan Islamist motion’s leaders, was discovered killed on Friday in a Pakistani metropolis, a relative and his deputy mentioned.
Unknown attackers killed the cleric, who runs an Islamic seminary in northwestern Pakistan, his deputy Yousaf Shah mentioned.
There have been conflicting experiences of precisely how he was killed and why his bodyguard and driver have been apparently not there to defend him on the time of the assault.
Shah initially mentioned that Haq had been shot lifeless.
Haq’s nephew Mohammad Bilal instructed Reuters that his uncle was discovered with stabbing and gunshot wounds in a home he owns in an upscale space on Islamabad’s outskirts. “When the assailants entered his house … They first started hitting Mullah Sami ul-Haq with knives and daggers and then shot him dead,” he mentioned.
Additional particulars remained unclear.
Haq has run the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the Afghanistan border, for many years.
Considered one of his college students from the 1980s, identified later as Mullah Mohammad Omar, went together with classmates to Afghanistan to affix mujahideen teams preventing in opposition to the Soviet occupation of the nation.
Mullah Omar went on to discovered the Taliban, which seized energy in Afghanistan in 1996 after years of chaos and civil battle following the Soviet navy’s withdrawal.
The ultra-conservative Taliban imposed an excessive model of Islamic sharia regulation on Afghanistan that included forbidding ladies to go away dwelling with out a male family member, imposing minimal lengths on males’s beards and banning sports activities, radio and tv.
Haq’s seminary has continued to thrive in Pakistan, together with being allotted funding in provincial authorities budgets.
Pakistan’s Inside Ministry confirmed Haq’s loss of life in a press release on Friday night, and expressed condolences.
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