Peshawar, October 2
Pakistan’s Ministry of Inside has sought a report from the provincial authorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa into the killing of a well known Sikh ‘hakeem’ within the nation’s restive northwestern metropolis of Peshawar, an official stated on Saturday.
‘Hakeem’ Sardar Satnam Singh (Khalsa), 45, who practised Unani drugs, was at his clinic on Thursday when some unidentified gunmen barged into his cabin and opened hearth, killing him on the spot, the police stated.
The assailants, who managed to flee the crime scene, fired 4 occasions, in keeping with the police.
The federal inside Ministry sought a report from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities into the killing, in keeping with an official.
An preliminary report has been despatched to the inside ministry even because the police expanded the scope of their investigation, the official stated.
Singh’s funeral was held on Friday, in keeping with the official.
Provincial Police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari visited Singh’s residence and condoled his household.
The Islamic State’s Afghanistan affiliate, dubbed Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Okay), has claimed duty for his killing in Peshawar.
The ISIS-Okay described Singh as “polytheist”, The Related Press news company quoted the phobia group as saying in its assertion.
The ISIS-Okay, which has stepped up assaults in a number of Afghan cities because the Taliban seized energy in Kabul on August 15, had additionally claimed the lethal suicide assault at Kabul airport on August 26 that killed practically 170 Afghans and 13 US navy personnel.
Based on the Punjab Police, Singh had arrived in Peshawar from Hassan Abdaal a day earlier.
Singh, a well known determine within the Sikh group, was operating his clinic ‘Dharmandar Pharmacy’ on Charsadda Highway in Peshawar. He had been dwelling within the metropolis for the previous 20 years.
Singh is survived by his spouse, three daughters and two sons.
About 15,000 Sikhs reside in Peshawar, largely within the Jogan Shah neighborhood of the provincial capital. Many of the Sikh group members in Peshawar are concerned in enterprise, whereas some additionally run pharmacies.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan strongly condemned the killing of Singh and directed the police to take rapid steps to arrest the killers.
In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a distinguished Sikh group member, was killed by unknown males in Peshawar.
Equally, news channel anchor Ravinder Singh was killed in 2020 within the metropolis. In 2016, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Nationwide Meeting member Soren Singh was killed in Peshawar.
Based on the 2017 census, Hindus represent the biggest spiritual minority in Pakistan. Christians make up the second largest spiritual minority.
The Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are additionally among the many notable spiritual minorities in Pakistan. PTI