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Taliban's 'godfather' Maulana Samiul Haq stabbed to death in Pak's Rawalpindi city

Taliban, Godfather, Pakistan

Islamabad : Top Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also known as the 'godfather of Taliban', was stabbed to death at his residence in the garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, his family said. Haq, 82, was the head of the Islamic religious seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak town and also the chief of the hardline political party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami (JUI-S). 

Haq, a heart patient, was killed by unidentified attackers while he was resting in his room, his son Maulana Hamidul Haq was quoted as saying by Geo News. His personal guard had gone out to the market and when he came back he saw Haq lying "in a pool of blood" on the bed, Hamidul added.

JUI-S's Peshawar president also confirmed Haq's death following an assassination attempt in Rawalpindi. Initially there were conflicting reports about how Haq was killed. Some Pakistani media had reported that he was killed in a gun attack. Haq's son has clarified that the cleric was attacked with knife. 

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