Pakistan

2nd Sikh leader gunned down in Peshawar

May 31, 2018 04:07 AM
Rights activists Charnjit Singh

Peshawar: A renowned Sikh religious leader and rights activist was on Tuesday gunned down in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, according to a media report.

Charnjit Singh, 52, was killed inside his shop in Scheme Chowk area in the outskirts of the city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Express Tribune reported. “An attacker shot Singh inside his shop and escaped afterwards. He died on the spot,” superintendent police Saddar Shaukat Khan.

It was not clear whether it was a targeted killing.

The deceased had been residing in Peshawar for decades but his family hailed from Kurram Agency. He owned a store in the metropolis for quite a long time, the report said.

The murder caused panic among the minority community as several Sikhs have been killed in different parts of the city in the past.

Most of the Sikhs residing in Peshawar are those whose families previously resided in different parts of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) but shifted to Peshawar and started a business.

 

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