Arrest of Soran’s Killer: Sikh Community wants KPK to ‘do more’

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File Photo of Dr Sardar Soran Singh, adviser to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on minorities affairs, who was murdered by fellow minority leader of PTI over ticket row. 

KARACHI: Happy with arrest of alleged killer of Dr Sardar Soran Singh, the Sikh Community of Karachi has urged upon the provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to show similar passion to arrest killers of eight other Sikhs being murdered in the Northern Province over the last couple of years.

Sardar Soran Sindh bags the credit of opening a Gurdwara in Peshawar, which was close for more than seventy years, say Ramesh Singh Khalsa, patron in chief of Pakistan Sikh Council.

“He met me at Hasan abadal – a holly place of our community in Pakistani Punjab – some fifteen days before his murder, and he was happy due to the great work he was during for the Sikh Community.”

He actively raised the voice of community in KPK’s provincial assembly, he would happily help orphan Sikh youths, he was a nice man, Khalsa said. Soran was also working on initiating some legislation for the community.

“Sardar Soran Singh was enjoying the portfolio of provincial minister, so his killers are apprehended so quickly, which we appreciate, however, we demand of the provincial government of PTI to arrest the killers of eight other Sikhs who are being killed for different reasons.”

It should be noted that a Sikh Hakeem, Paramjeet Singh, was killed in Shabqadar bazaar by unknown assailants in March 2014. His employee was also gunned down.  Earlier, on January 22, another Sikh Hakeem Baghwan Singh was murder in Charsadda’s Tangi Bazaar. Year 2014 was a bad year for the community as two other Sikhs were kidnapped from DI Khan in the same month.” The events prompted protest of the community.

According to reports quoting late Dr Soran Singh, the adviser to the CM on minorities, who gunned down in Buner few days ago, there are about 25,000 Sikhs in the province,  mostly in Buner, Swat, DI Khan, Bara, Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies.

Zia Ur Rehman – a Karachi based journalist and researcher – says nearly two dozens of Sikhs, mostly associated with the profession of Himat [ doctors of herbal medicines] have migrated to Karachi from different parts of the KPK due to fears of being prosecuted.

Interestingly, the community remained unharmed in Swat and Buner, even during the Taliban rule.

However, the Taliban statement, in which they falsely claimed the responsibility of Soran Sindh’s murder, terrorized the community. Khalsa says that since the Taliban’s Statement has turned out to be false, it will certainly cut down the fear but the community is feeling unsafe due to other acts of target killing as well.

“The provincial government should take action and arrest all killers to rebuild the trust of community,” Khalsa demands. Rehman believes that the trend of migration may not be stopped but will slow down if strict action was taken by KPK government and its law enforcement agencies.

It is pertinent to mention here that while addressing news conference Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Malakand Azad Khan claimed on Monday that a fellow PTI leader Baldev Kumar was behind the murder of Soran Singh as he wanted to avenge political rivalry.

According to Khan, a local leader of PML-N Alam Khan was also involved in the murder, falsely claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Published in The Frontier Post

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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