The Afghan Taliban reacted to the murder of Maulana Samiul Haq, the leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (S), who was also famous the group’s ‘godfather’.

Taliban issued a statement after Maulana Samiul Haq’s murder was confirmed, calling his death a major and irrecoverable loss to the Islamic world, specifically to the people of Pakistan.

Calling slain religious leader a ‘martyr’, the group has hailed his efforts and support against the Soviet and U.S. invasions in Afghanistan.

Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated by unknown armed men in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan earlier this evening, his son Maulana Hamidul Haq confirmed.

Maulana Samiul Haq, who was also famous as the ‘Father of Taliban’ in Afghanistan, was stabbed to death in his residence.

“His driver Haqqani had gone out. On his return, he saw that Maulana Sami was lying in his bed in a pool of blood. He was no longer alive,” Maulana Hamid told a local media outlet.

Maulana Samiul Haq was also the leader the Darul Uloom Haqqania religious seminary and was openly supporting the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the assassination of Maulana Samiul Haq.

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