Pakistan buries ‘Father of Taliban’ as PM orders probe of killing

4 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

AKORA KHATTAK: A key Pakistani cleric with close ties to the Afghan Taliban who was killed in the garrison city of Rawalpindi was buried Saturday as Prime Minister Imran Khan called for an investigation into the murder, reports AFP.

Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, dubbed the “Father of the Taliban”, was stabbed to death by unknown intruders at his residence Friday night.

The cleric, who is in his 80s was buried in his hometown Akoda Khattak, around 115 kilometres (70 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Thousands of people gathered for the funeral prayers guarded by dozens of police personnel while a bomb disposal squad cleared the graveyard before the cleric’s body was brought for burial, an AFP reporter at the site said. His seminary had produced some of the key leaders of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, something that the cleric and his associates would proudly tell visiting journalists.