Maulana Sami, said to be around 82 years old, was the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Akora Khattak. Some local media said ul-Haq was in the neighbouring city of Rawalpindi when he was shot and killed. "His guard had gone out minutes before the attack and upon his return he saw my father in critical condition", he told reporters.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) condemned the killing of Maulana Samiul Haq and said that serious action would be taken against the killers.
Last month, a high-level delegation from Afghanistan had called on Sami, known as the "Father of the Taliban", at Darul Uloom Haqqania and urged him to play a role in resolving the Afghan issue.
The gunmen on a motorcycle fired indiscriminately on the vehicle Haq was travelling in.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is now in China for an official visit, said the country had been deprived of an important religious leader whose services would always be remembered.
"We lost a great scholar and religious leader today", said Khan in a statement from China where he is on an official visit.
Within Pakistan, Haq was considered a hardline right-wing religious cleric, but his party contested elections, rather than outright backing armed struggle against the state, as was undertaken by the Pakistani Taliban. He defended the move saying he wanted to see Pakistan's thousands of madrassas, or religious schools, broaden their curriculum. His funeral is expected to be held Saturday in the northern town of Akora Khattak.
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