Chief of Army Staff has strongly condemned the assassination of renowned religious scholar and political leader Moulana Sami ul Haq.
However, the Reuters news agency quoted Samiul ul-Haq's deputy, Yousaf Shah, and a relative as saying the cleric was shot dead by unknown assailants. Haq's nephew Mohammad Bilal said his uncle was found with stabbing and gunshot wounds in a house he owns in an upscale area on Islamabad's outskirts.
Maulana Hamidul Haq said his father was stabbed to death while he was resting in his room, reported leading English daily Dawn. "He was no longer alive", Maulana Hamid told a local media outlet. He said Sami-ul-Haq was a great religious scholar and leader.
Haq also led a faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Pakistan, a party that wants to institute total Islamic law in the state.
He twice held roles as a member of Pakistan's Senate.
A holder of Sanad-e-Fazilat-o-Faraghat and Sanad Daura Tafseer-e-Quran from Darul Uloom Haqqania, and Shaikh-ul-Hadith (honorary) from Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Sami imparted religious education at his alma mater to the students and held important positions in the academic and administrative staff of the seminary.
ISLAMABAD: Condemnations started pouring in following the assassination of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq on Friday.
Khan, now on an official visit to Beijing, condemned the killing and ordered an investigation, his office said in a statement. Condemning this tragic incident, he expressed sympathy with the bereaved family. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the martyrdom of Maulana Sami and expressed huge grief over it. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said the brutal murder of Maulana Samiul Haq was "utterly condemnable". Khan had been criticized for supporting Haq, including donating funds to the Haqqania seminary when he was head of a provincial government.