Sikh men killed in Pakistan

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New Delhi: Two Sikh men were shot dead by unknown attackers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar in the latest attack on the community in the country, local media reported today.

The two men killed have been identified as Saljeet Singh (42) and Ranjeet Singh (38). The victims were shopkeepers who sold spices in Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband area, police said.

Condemning the killing of the Sikh men, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan termed the incident a conspiracy against disrupting the inter-faith harmony.

He directed the police to take immediate steps to arrest the culprits and said that justice will be provided to the families of the dead, news agency PTI reported.

This is the second such attack on the Sikh community in Peshawar in the last eight months. In September last year, a well-known Sikh ‘hakeem’ (Unani medicine practitioner) was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Peshawar.

‘Hakeem’ Sardar Satnam Singh (Khalsa) was at his clinic when gunmen barged into his cabin and opened fire at him.

The 45-year-old, who had been living in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for the past 20 years, was running his clinic ‘Dharmandar Pharmacy’ on Charsadda Road in the city.

Rampant attacks on Sikh community in Pakistan

In 2020, a 25-year-old man belonging to the Sikh community was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Peshawar in Pakistan. Ravinder Singh was killed a day after a mob attacked Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Lahore where Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was born.

In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a well-known member of the Sikh community, was killed by unknown men in Peshawar. Similarly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf National Assembly member Soren Singh was killed in Peshawar in 2016.

Nearly 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar, mostly in the Jogan Shah neighborhood of the provincial capital. Most of the members of the Sikh community in Peshawar are involved in business, while some also run pharmacies.

According to the 2017 census, Hindus constitute the largest religious minority in Pakistan. Christians make up the second largest religious minority.


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