Maulana Sami ul Haq

Maulana Sami ul Haq مولانا سمیع الحق, Samī‘u’l-Ḥaq; born December 18, 1937) is a Pakistani religious scholar and a politician. He is regarded as the "Father of the Taliban"[2][3] and has close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar.[4] Sami ul Haq is currently the chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a Deobandi Islamic seminary which is the alma mater of many prominent Taliban members. Haq serves as chairman of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council and is the leader of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islampolitical party, known as JUI-S.[5] Sami ul-Haq is also a founding member of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal the creator of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a religious organization.[1]

He has also served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan.[6][7] He formed Mutahida Deeni Mahaz (United Religious Front), an alliance of relatively small religious-political parties, to participate in Pakistani general election, 2013.[8] On March 25, 2013, he unveiled the electoral manifesto of the front, pledging that all high offices of the state, including the president, prime minister, chief justice and chiefs of armed forces, will be held only by Sunni Muslim men. It also talked of abolishing coeducation and training all adult Muslims for jihad.