Probe into Haq’s assassination being conducted: Afridi


NOWSHERA: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said that investigation into the assassination of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami (JUI-S) chief Maulana Samiul Haq is being conducted on a fast track basis.

Talking to media in Nowshera on Monday, Shehryar Afridi said that he does not want to divulge anything for the investigation not to get compromised.

He said that a report about Haq’s murder will be presented to the Prime Minister on Tuesday and the individuals involved in it would be brought to justice.

Vowing to present the murderers before the nation, the Stated Minister said the prime minister has directed for the inclusion of all stakeholders in the investigation.

Shehryar Afridi said that JUI-S chief Maulana Samiul Haq was a great personality and his role in seminary reforms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was exemplary.

On the other hand, Rawalpindi police are yet to find a clue about Haq’s murderers, despite having obtained CCTV footage of the vicinity.

The JUI-S chief, an influential religious scholar and former senator, was stabbed to death at his residence in Rawalpindi on Friday. His son had said that the JUI-S chief’s “driver-cum-guard went out for 15 minutes” and returned to find him dead.

On Saturday, a probe was launched into Maulana Samiul Haq’s assassination as forensic experts and investigation officers collected evidence from his Rawalpindi residence.

Two domestic staff members of Maulana Samiul Haq were taken into custody by police for questioning.

The staff workers told police that two men visited the JUI-S chief before his assassination.

In their initial statement to the police, the domestic staff members said, “The two men had visited Maulana Samiul Haq on several occasions before as well and wanted to meet him alone.

“The JUI-S chief sent us to the market to bring food and drinks,” they further said. “When we returned after 15 minutes, we found Maulana Samiul Haq lying in a pool of blood.”