K-P police arrests PTI minority leader over Soran Singh's killing

Published: April 25, 2016
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A file photo of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Sardar Soran Singh, who was gunned down on April 22 in Buner.

A file photo of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MPA Sardar Soran Singh, who was gunned down on April 22 in Buner.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police on Monday claimed to have arrested six suspects, including a minority leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), over orchestrating the murder of his own party lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh.

Singh, who was also a special adviser to K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Minority Affairs, was gunned down on April 22 just outside his house in Buner district.

An Express News screengrab of DIG Malakand Azad Khan addressing a press conference on April 25, 2016.

“We have rounded up six suspects, including a PTI minority leader Baldev Kumar held from Swat, who arranged for the murder of Singh over political rivalry,” DIG Malakand Azad Khan told reporters during press conference on Monday.

PTI minority minister gunned down in K-P

The DIG said Baldev Kumar, who is a prime suspect in Singh’s murder, wanted to contest elections but he could not secure a party ticket which created a dispute between them and led him to hire paid assassins for the MPA’s murder.

“Call data of two accused Mukhtar and Behroz, who allegedly carried out the murder on a promise of a financial reward, shows that the suspects were present in the same locality where Singh was murdered.”

The police officer, however, rebuffed the claim made by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, a proscribed organisation, for killing the PTI lawmaker. “TTP’s claim of responsibility for Singh’s murder is incorrect as the accused have already confessed to the killing which was a result of a political rivalry between the lawmakers of the same political party.”

Soran Singh’s last rites performed amid tears

Azad said police will file a case in a local anti-terrorism court (ATC); however, further investigations are still being carried out.

Born in Peer Baba area of Buner district, Singh studied initially at local schools and ultimately graduated from Degree College Swarhi. He married an Indian national and had a son and a daughter from her. However, the couple went their separate ways later on. He married a Swat resident ten years ago and left behind a son and a daughter with her. Singh was a popular figure in the area and elected as district nazim on a Jamaat-e-Islami ticket. He ultimately joined the PTI and was a member of the party till his untimely death.

Violent acts have not been reported against non-Muslims in Buner or Swat in the recent past. The period includes the time from 2005 to 2009 when the latter was under the control of the Taliban.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 25, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Imran Khan has completely lost control over his party. There is so much rift, anger and hate amongst party members that they are killing each other over tickets of a party which cannot win any future election. Its nothing but madness and stupidity. Ban this party to avoid further bloodshed.Recommend

  • tajamal
    Apr 25, 2016 - 5:10PM

    Good move by KPK police not politcal police of sindh and panjabRecommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Apr 25, 2016 - 6:41PM

    KPK police doing tge right thing disregarding politics.
    @Ch Ali Daad.
    PTI does not belong to Imran Khan. It belongs to us. The sooner you realise, the betterRecommend

  • Abid Shah
    Apr 25, 2016 - 8:30PM

    We need to bring these criminals to justice. Well done KPK police. Recommend

  • Fahad
    Apr 25, 2016 - 10:15PM

    Good job KPK police, I hope they will properly prosecute the culprits.
    @Ch. Allah Daad I hope NS will do something about Punjab law minister who got the Punjab interior minister assassinated Recommend

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