Maulana Samiul Haq - life in focus

JUI-S chief Samiul Haq. —File

"Upon returning to the room, the driver found Maulana Samiul Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood", he said.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the martyrdom of the JUI-S chief and expressed vast grief over it.

Media reports said that a security guard of the deceased cleric was critically wounded.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is now in China for an official visit, said the country had been deprived of an important religious leader whose services would always be remembered.

Haq was the chief of the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in the northern Pakistani town of Akora Khattak, the alma matter of several senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban, including former chief Mullah Omar and Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif also condemned Haq's assassination. In a statement from Beijing, where he is now on visit to China, the Prime Minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq. He was member of the Senate from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997. He said that Haq's services would always be remembered. He formed Muttahida Deeni Mahaz (United Religious Front), an alliance of relatively small religio-political parties, to participate in Pakistani general election, 2013.

Prime Minister Imran Khan's party had sought to work closely with the prominent cleric to implement various reforms and mainstream madrasah education, Dawn.com reported. Khan had been criticized for supporting Haq, including donating funds to the Haqqania seminary when he was head of a provincial government.

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