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Reactions over killing of Pakistan’s Mawlana Samiul Haq

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Following killing of Mawlana Sami ul-Haq, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and a key political figure in the country, a number of Afghan experts and lawmakers have reacted and considered his assassination as step towards peace in Afghanistan.
Although his assassination has been met with mixed reactions in Pakistan, in Afghanistan the event has followed with happiness.
A number of Afghan citizens in social media have expressed their points of view and welcomed killing of Maulana Sami ul-Haq, saying that he was ‘spiritual father of Taliban’ and called the ongoing war in Afghanistan as jihad; therefore, they said his assassination could put good impacts on Afghanistan peace process.
“Mullah Mohammad Omar and other key and senior commanders of the Taliban group are trained in a seminary led by Maulana Sami ul-Haq as he was openly supporting the ongoing war and terrorist groups fighting in Afghanistan,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan expert.
He added that Afghanistan was a key victim of terrorism and extremist groups being trained beyond Afghan borders and the government of Pakistan was asked to make further effort to prevent from operation of those seminaries training terrorist and extremist groups.
“Killing of the leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan is not effective for Afghanistan peace as he was working for ISI and he fully fulfilled all his duties assigned by Pakistan intelligence network that might have his replacement,” Amir Mohammad stressed.
Although Afghan political parties have not expressed their visions in connection with assassination of leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan so far, Jabha-e-Mili Naveen said: “Recently increasing activities and role of extremists have put negative impacts on works of Pakistan government as US pressures on the country have increased.”
Another Afghan expert Ali Rahmani says the assassination of Maulana Sami ul-Haq is related to official visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to China, considered as one of financial supporters of Pakistan in the region.
“China is concerned over increasing of activities of extremist groups in Xinjiang bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan and this has made the country to exert pressure on Islamabad to seriously fight extremist groups in its soil,” Rahmani stressed.
It is worth mentioning that Sami ul-Haq was killed on Friday evening at his home in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city by unknown men. He was stabbed to death. 
For years, Sami ul-Haq had said Afghanistan was an occupied country and that he supported the fight against the Afghan government and foreign troops in the country. 
During  1980s, Sami ul-Haq served as a senator for two terms in Pakistan’s upper house and fully supported action against Afghanistan’s governments.  
Darul Uloom Haqqania in the northern town of Akora Khattak was founded by his father in 1947. 
Thousands of students attend this Darul Uloom and also senior Afghan Taliban leaders such as Mullah Omar, Mullah Akhtar Mansour and Jalaluddin Haqqani attended this Darul Uloom while reports indicate hundreds of students from his madrassa have fought and are still fighting against the Afghan government. 
Sami ul-Haq was 80 years old and according to his relatives, recently he received death threats. 
However, so far no one and no group has claimed responsibility for his assassination. 
Suraya Raiszada

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.