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Thousands attend funeral in Pakistan of cleric known as 'Father of the Taliban'

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of a prominent cleric known as the "Father of the Taliban".

Maulana Samiul Haq died after a knife attack at his home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Maulana Samiul Haq (l) was stabbed to death on Friday. Credit: AP

Haq was the head of his faction of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam party.

In recent weeks, Afghan clerics had appealed to Haq to use his influence on Afghanistan's Taliban to ensure peace there.