'Father of Taliban' killed in Pakistan attack

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"On his return, he saw that Maulana Sami was lying in his bed in a pool of blood", Hamid said while talking to Geo News.

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

He said the government funded Haq's seminary for institutionalising modern curriculum, while the slain cleric had also backed the government for the anti-polio drive.

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Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, expressed condolences for Haq's death.

Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that he graduated from Darul Uloom Haqqania and had a strong relationship with Maulana Samiul Haq. The army chief also extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

Pakistani religious cleric Maulana Samiul Haq arrives for a press conference in Islamabad in 2014.

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In a statement, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. The President paid tributes to Maulana Sami-ul-Haq s religious, social and political services.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has condemned the assasination of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq and sought report from the Inspector General of Punjab police. He was member of the Senate from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

Samiul Haq was now the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Deobandi Islamic seminary which is the alma mater of many prominent Taliban members.

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Haq's killing has come when religio-political parties in Pakistan are protesting on the streets against the Supreme Court's decision to acquit Asia Bibi. Khan's provincial government in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa donated millions of dollars to Haq's hard-line seminary.

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