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'Father of Taliban' buried in Pakistan

Maulana Samiul Haq, a former Pakistani Senator more widely known as the "Father of Taliban", was buried in a well-attended funeral ceremony on November 3 after being stabbed to death in his room in Rawalpindi.
Nov 5, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Maulana Samiul Haq, a former Pakistani Senator more widely known as the "Father of Taliban", was buried in a well-attended funeral ceremony on November 3 after being stabbed to death in his room in Rawalpindi. Sami's death came in the midst of protests which have erupted across Pakistan, led by religio-political parties, against the Pakistan Supreme Court's acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case on Thursday.
 
Sami, said to be a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan, was unable to take part in protests against the woman's acquittal because of road blockades and had returned home on Friday, when he was stabbed multiple times, his family said.  His driver and bodyguard had both briefly left the room when he was stabbed.
 
Sami, around 83 years old, headed the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak area. He was a Senator between March 1991 and March 1994. He was elected on an Islami Jamhoori Itehad ticket. He had aligned with the now ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan in the July 25 parliamentary election.

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