Two members of the Sikh community shot dead in Pakistan: report

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. (representative image)

Peshawar:

Two people belonging to the Sikh community were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Sarband area of ​​Peshawar on Sunday, a suburban town situated in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region, officials said.

The two men killed were shopkeepers selling spices at the Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband, police said.

The victims, identified as Saljeet Singh (42) and Ranjeet Singh (38), died at the scene.

The police went to the scene and surrounded the area to arrest the criminals. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

About 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar, mostly in the Jogan Shah neighborhood of the provincial capital.

Most members of the Sikh community in Peshawar are involved in business, while some also run pharmacies.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s chief minister, Mahmood Khan, strongly condemned the attack and directed the police to take immediate action to arrest the culprits.

He called the incident a conspiracy against the disruption of interfaith harmony and said justice would be provided for the families of the dead. In September last year, a well-known Sikh ‘hakeem’ (a practitioner of Unani medicine) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic in Peshawar.

In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a prominent member of the Sikh community, was killed by unknown men in Peshawar.

Likewise, the news channel anchor named Ravinder Singh was killed in 2020 in the city.

In 2016, Pakistani National Assembly Tehreek-e-Insaaf member Soren Singh was also killed in Peshawar.

According to the 2017 census, Hindus constitute the largest religious minority in Pakistan.

Christians constitute the second largest religious minority.

Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are also among the notable religious minorities in Pakistan. PTI AYZ VM VM

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