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‘Father of the Taliban’ was prepared to mediate Afghan peace talks, says son

AT Monitoring Desk-Son of Sami ul-Haq, a Pakistani cleric who was assassinated earlier this month, has said that his father was killed at a time when he was preparing to mediate for Afghan peace process.

Sami, known as the “Father of the Taliban” for having taught some of their leaders, was stabbed to death by unknown attackers in his residence in Islamabad’s outskirts. “My father was extending moral and political support to Taliban and all the stakeholders had tasked him to mediate for Afghan peace,” Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami, Hamid ul-Haq, said as quoted by local media . “Foreign agents killed him [Maulana Sami] when he was all prepared to negotiate between the [Afghan] stakeholders.”

About the investigations into the killing of Maulana Sami earlier this month, Hamid stated that Punjab police were making progress. However, he urged the relevant authorities to speed up the process and bring the killers to justice. The killing happened a month after an Afghan delegation asked him to mediate between the Afghan government and the Taliban to help resolve the 17-year-long conflict.

Sami has run the Darul Uloom Haqqani seminary in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province.  His students included also Taliban founder Mullah Omar.

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