A social activist and prominent member of the Sikh community in Peshawar was killed on Tuesday “in what appeared to be a targeted attack,” police said.
As per the police, the Sikh activist, Charnjeet Singh, was on his way home from his shop when unidentified men opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. The attackers immediately fled after having committed the heinous crime. According to SSP Operations Javed Iqbal Wazir, the incident occurred in the Scheme Chowk area on Kohat Road within the limits of Inquilab police station.
First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the unknown miscreants at the Inquilab police station.
Police is investigating the circumstances around the incident and motive of the attackers. On Thursday, another Sikh man was stabbed to death by unidentified attackers in northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Singh’s family in recent years had migrated to Peshawar from the Khyber tribal region, where he had been a vocal supporter of the military’s efforts to crack down on Islamic extremists.
Minorities in Muslim-majority Pakistan make up some 2% of the country’s population of 180 million. Most Sikhs went to India during the 1947 partition, with only a few thousand remaining in Pakistan.
Pakistan has witnessed violence against religious minorities in recent days as Al-Qaeda and Taliban-led militants regularly target Christian, Sikhs, Hindus, Ahmadi and Shiite communities in the country.