Maulana Samiul Haq’s funeral prayers to be held at 3pm in Akora Khattak

The body of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq, who was assassinated Friday evening in his home in Rawalpindi, was moved to his hometown Akora Khattak.

His family members announced that the funeral prayers of Maulana Samilul Haq will be held at 3pm today in Khauskhal Khan college’s ground. He will be buried at his seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania.

Maulana Hami ul Haq, son of Maulana Samiul Haq, said that his father was resting in his room when he was attacked with a knife.

“My father could not join the protest in Islamabad due to road blockage. He returned to his house and was resting in his room,” he said.

“His drive went out for half an hour and when he returned, he found Maulana lying in a pool of blood,” he said.

Earlier, some reports suggested that gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on Samiul Haq’s vehicle and sped away.

The JUI-S chief was being shifted to DHQ Hospital before he succumbed to his wounds.

Media reports said that a security guard of the deceased cleric was critically wounded.

Maulana Samiul Haq was a religious scholar and former Senator. He was the member of the Senate of Pakistan from 1985 to 1991 and again from 1991 to 1997.

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President Dr Arif Alvi has expressed sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of Maulana Samiul Haq. Condemning this tragic incident, he expressed sympathy with the bereaved family. Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the martyrdom of Maulana Samiul Haq.

In a statement from Beijing, where he is currently on the visit to China, the prime minister directed to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The prime minister said Maulana Samiul Haq was a great scholar of Islam.