Endorsement: Samiul Haq swears allegiance to new Taliban chief

Published: August 6, 2015
Maulana Samiul Haq. PHOTO: FILE

Maulana Samiul Haq. PHOTO: FILE


Pakistani and Afghan Ulema associated with Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak have sworn allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the successor of Mullah Omar, whose election has ostensibly fragmented the Afghan Taliban.

The allegiance pledge was made at a function presided over by Maulana Samiul Haq, the chief of his eponymous faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, at the Islamic seminary.

Maulana Samiul Haq, Maulana Sher Ali Shah, Maulana Anwarul Haq and several other Islamic scholars addressed the function organised in connection with the start of the new academic year at Darul Uloom Haqqania. Several top cadres of the Afghan Taliban are said to have studied at the seminary.

Participants said a prayer for Mullah Omar, whose death was officially confirmed by the Taliban and Afghan government late last month. After the Fateha, Maulana Samiul Haq, who is also the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania, pledged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor in a brief address. In response, the participants – mostly seminary students – shouted ‘Long Live Mullah Omar’ and ‘Long Live Mullah Mansoor’.

In their speeches, Maulana Samiul Haq and Maulana Sher Ali Shah called upon Afghan Ulema and people to forge unity in their ranks and submit to the leadership of Mullah Mansoor in order to ‘foil the designs of infidels’.

They also called upon the Afghans to protect Afghanistan against international conspiracies.

The Afghans have rendered great sacrifices for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah and they are still engaged in an armed struggle against international forces for this purpose, the Maulanas added.

Neither Maulana Samiul Haq nor other speakers trusted the news of the death of Maulana Jalalud Din Haqqani, the founder of the Haqqani network. Instead they prayed for the early recovery of the elderly warlord, who is said to be ill.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (9)

  • just_someone
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:46AM

    How are these terrorist backers allowed to be part of society so easily and freely?
    Does no one in power care about this country?Recommend

  • Sami
    Aug 6, 2015 - 6:54AM

    Capture and punish these terrorists.Recommend

  • Afghan Maihan
    Aug 6, 2015 - 7:19AM

    These hypocrites want Sharia law in Afghanistan while enjoying their colonial inherited system in Pakistan.

    Samiul Haq can barely speak Pashto without resorting to English and Urdu midsentence and yet he promotes a system in Afghanistan that is so incongrous with his way of life.

    He should call for Sharia law in Pakistan and start agitating for it. “Do unto others as you would have them done unto you,”
    Implement Sharia at home and please leave Afghanistan alone. We are not interested. Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 6, 2015 - 8:05AM

    Their is a segment in Pakistan which wants Sharia and they see the Taliban as he people who implemented the Sharia. They cannot be bombed or punished to their end. It will only fuel the insurgency. Once the armed wings are finished and then effective policies are adopted like free education for all they will die a slow death. At the moment their endorsement of the new Taliban leader is good for the continuation of Muree talks and bringing stability in Afgahnistan and reducing Indian influence all of which is good for Pakistan Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Aug 6, 2015 - 8:52AM

    Non Bailable arrest warrants?????? Recommend

  • Rashid
    Aug 6, 2015 - 8:59AM


    Good Ts are allowed……don’t you know that.Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 6, 2015 - 9:29AM

    Useless existence. He was last defending people who eventually attacked APS. Recommend

  • Roadkashehzada
    Aug 6, 2015 - 10:02AM

    Sami pledges allegiance to mullah, said naqvi pledges allegiance to ayatollah, sajid Mir and hafiz saeed pledge allegiance to the king. That’s true high treason
    And we call them our leaders. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:27PM

    Imprison this man!! Recommend

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