Maulana Sami ul Haq ( born December 18, 1937) is a radical Pakistani religious scholar and a politician. He is regarded as the “Father of the Taliban” and has close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. 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-Islam political party, known as JUI-S. Sami ul-Haq is also a founding member of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal the creator of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a terrorist organization.
He has also served as a member of the Senate of Pakistan. He formed Mutahida Deeni Mahaz (United Religious Front), an alliance of relatively small religio-political parties, to participate in Pakistani general election, 2013. 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.
Sami ul-Haq was born on 18 December 1937 in Akora Khattak, North-West Frontier Province of British India (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). His father was Moulana Abdul Haq. He began his education in 1366 AH (1946 or 1947 CE) at Darul Uloom Haqqania, which was founded by his father. There he studied fiqh, usul al-fiqh, Arabic literature, logic, Arabic grammar (sarf and nahw), tafsir, and Hadith. He is well versed in Arabic but also uses Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and the regional language of Pashto.
Haq stated that U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan has visited him in July of 2013 to discuss the situation of the region. Haq openly promotes the Taliban re-take of Afghanistan. He stated: “Give them just one year and they will make the whole of Afghanistan happy… The whole of Afghanistan will be with them … Once the Americans leave, all of this will happen within a year… As long as they are there, Afghans will have to fight for their freedom,” Haq said. “It’s a war for freedom. It will not stop until outsiders leave.