Monday, June 27, 2022

2 Sikhs shot dead in Pakistan’s Peshawar again in hate crime, India condemns

Pakistan has been decimating its minorities, namely Hindus, Sikhs and Christians systematically since its creation. While the country’s state policies remain skewed against the minorities, even the people on the streets have not done better as far as treating minorities is concerned.

New Delhi: In yet another shocking incident of hate crime against minorities in Pakistan, 2 more Sikhs were shot down in the suburbs of Peshawar on Sunday.

The incident reportedly occurred within the jurisdiction of the Sarband police station.

According to the police, officials were also collecting evidence from the scene of the crime.

Although the Pakistan PM and authorities have condemned the killings, nothing much is expected to change in the country as religious discrimination and hate is ingrained in the country’s policies and ideology.

India has strongly protested the killing of Sikhs in Pakistan.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, India said that it is sad that this is not the first such incident.

In response to the question asked by the journalists on the killing of two Sikh businessmen in Pakistan, the government spokesman said that I have seen reports of the brutal murder of two Sikh businessmen by unidentified armed men. Sadly, this is not the first such case or a rare occurrence.

Pakistan has been decimating its minorities, namely Hindus, Sikhs and Christians systematically since its creation. While the country’s state policies remain skewed against the minorities, even the people on the streets have not done better as far as treating minorities is concerned.

Sikhs and Hindus have been bearing the brunt of Islamism and communal hate in Pakistan since partition.

In Peshwar itself, several Sikhs have been killed in hate crimes during the recent years.

On October 1, 2021, unknown assailants gunned down a Sikh hakeem near Charsadda Bus Stand.

The police identified the victim as hakeem Satnam Singh who was attacked in his clinic here in the limits of Faqirabad police station.

Police said that unknown assailants, whose number could not be ascertained, opened fire on Satnam Singh and managed to escape from the scene.

A brother of the victim told the local police that Satnam Singh had gone from his home in Mohallah Jogan Shah to his clinic where unknown attackers killed him. He said that he had no enmity with anyone.

On January 5, 2020 too, the body of a Sikh youth was found in Peshawar. That too was suspected to be a result of a hate crime.

Parvender Singh, a resident of Chakesar Shangla, was shot dead within Chamkani police stations limits.

According to the FIR, Parvender had travelled to Peshawar in connection with his marriage.

However, soon after, the victim’s brother, received a call from his Parvender’s phone where an unidentified man told him that he had killed Parvender and where they could find his body, the police said.

Similarly, on May 29, 2018 too, a social activist and prominent member of the Sikh community in Peshawar was killed in what appeared to be a targeted attack, the police said.

According to SSP Operations, the incident occurred in the Scheme Chowk area on Kohat Road within the limits of Inquilab police station.

The Sikh activist, Charnjeet Singh, was on his way home from his shop when unidentified men opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. The attackers immediately fled after having committed the heinous crime, police had said at that time.

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