Maulana Samiul Haq assassinated in Rawalpindi
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated at his residence in Rawalpindi on Friday, his family and party officials confirmed, saying that the senior religious scholar and former senator was "stabbed multiple times".
"Maulana was trying to reach the protest in Islamabad but came back home due to roads being blocked. He was resting in his room during Asr time when his driver-cum-guard went out for sometime," Haq's son Maulana Hamidul Haq said.
"When he returned, he found Maulana Samiul Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood."
Hamid added that his father had been "stabbed multiple times."
JUI-S leader Maulana Abdul Majeed said there was no one present at the residence when Haq was killed. "We do not know who attacked him. He was alone, the person who was supposed to be with him had gone to the market," Majeed said.
The body of the JUI-S chief will be taken to his native town of Akora Khattak, his spokesman Maulana Yousuf Shah said. Shah said Haq will be laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard, however, an announcement regarding his funeral prayers will be made after post mortem and consultation with his family.