'Father of the Taliban' killed in Pakistan

PM Imran has sought a report after Maulana Sami-ul-Haq's assassination file

"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. After being informed of the demise of the JUI-S chief, a large number of party workers began reaching the hospital.

A security guard of Sami ul Haq also has sustained serious injury, the report said.

A spokesman for the military condemned the "assassination" and expressed "grief and condolences" to his family.

Samiul Haq was the chief of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and died in an assassination attempt, news agency PTI reported.

The prime minister has sought a report and directed that an investigation be carried out immediately to find those responsible. He was a member of the senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997. Maulana Sami was a heart patient, Hamid said.

He was a religious scholar and former Senator.

Influential religious scholar Maulana Samiul Haq was born to Maulana Abdul Haq, a prominent cleric, on December 18, 1937 in Akora Khattak of Nowshera district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

DW interviewed Haq in 2015, during a visit to Haqqania.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the brutal murder of Maulana Samiul Haq was "utterly condemnable".

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.

"The martyrdom of Maulana is a big tragedy", he said, adding that Maulana had met Prime Minister Imran Khan 15 days ago as part of government's efforts to introduce modern education in seminaries. 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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