In a tragic incident, unidentified motorcyclists shot a priest dead and injured his companion in Peshawar on Sunday, sparking protests from the city’s religious minority.
The incident, which took place in the Chamkani Ring Road area, also sparked fears of targeted killings and terrorism resurging in the provincial capital. It is worth noting here that previously, police personnel, as well as some members of religious minorities, have been targeted in the city. Pastor William could not survive the attack while Patrick sustained injuries.
The outrage after the killing of the priest was massive on social media. Among others, actor Adnan Siddiqui shared his stance on the matter as well. Taking to Twitter, the Meray Paas Tum Ho star wrote, "All of us should feel ashamed of constant attack on minorities." Adding on, he shared, "This country belongs as much to them as to us. No religion preaches killing innocent. Won’t allow disruptive elements spoil interfaith harmony."
All of us should feel ashamed of constant attack on minorities. This country belongs as much to them as to us. No religion preaches killing innocent. Won’t allow disruptive elements spoil interfaith harmony.— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) January 31, 2022
As soon as the incident was reported, a heavy contingent of police rushed to the spot. Later, after postmortem examination, they handed over the deceased’s body to his heirs.
A police investigation team gathered evidence from the crime scene and recorded statements of eyewitnesses.
Members of the Christian community also gathered at the scene and protested the priest’s killing. They demanded the immediate arrest of his murderers. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Mehmood Khan also took notice of the incident and sought a report from the police.
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