PTI minority minister gunned down in K-P

Sardar Soran Singh was on his way when armed gunmen opened indiscriminate fire on his car, killing him on the spot


PTI's Minority Minister Sardar Soran Singh. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR/ ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Minority Affairs Sardar Soran Singh was shot dead by armed attackers in Buner on Friday.

"Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing which killed the minister on the spot," Khalid Hamadani, district police chief told AFP.

He said the minister, an MPA of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), received several bullets to his head in a shooting.

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District council member Riaz Khan told The Express Tribune Singh was going home and was shot dead right in-front of his house.

The incident was confirmed by the provincial information minister Mushtaq Ghani.

According to Reuters, Singh had come from Peshawar to his native village in Buner.

K-P chief minister Pervaiz Khattak condemned the killing, directing the authorities concerned to arrest the culprits at the earliest.



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also expressed sorrow over the killing.





The PTI also condemned the killing, saying Islam's laws and Constitution provided for the protection of religious minorities.

"The brutal killing of Soran Singh is extremely saddening," a PTI statement attributed to Khan said, describing Singh as a patriotic Pakistani and a loyal party worker.

Sikhs make up less than 1 per cent of Pakistan's 190 million people.



According to police, at least eight Sikhs have been killed in the northwest in 2013 and 2014 - the first recorded sectarian killings of Sikhs in country’s history.

TTP claims responsibility

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for Singh’s killing.

TTP Spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said sharp shooters of the group's special task force targeted Singh in Pir Baba area.

COMMENTS (12)

Ayesha | 4 years ago | Reply Truly heartbreaking! Innah lilahe wa inna ilahe rajioun Pakistan is not a religion and belongs equally to all citizens
Muhammad Omer Sarwar | 4 years ago | Reply A great son of soil. Salute.
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