October 24, 2021

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Pak Senate seeks report on killing of Sikh hakeem

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Pak Senate seeks report on killing of Sikh hakeem
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Pak Senate seeks report on killing of Sikh hakeem
Pak Senate seeks report on killing of Sikh hakeem

AMRITSAR: A day after a 45-year-old Sikh Unani medicine practitioner was shot dead in his Peshawar clinic, the incident rocked the Pakistani Senate on Friday with Pakistan’s only Sikh senator Gurdeep Singh taking up the issue in the Upper House.
The chairman of the Senate sought a report from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) police on the murder of Satnam Singh, even as social media was abuzz with reports of the Islamic State–Khorasan (IS-K) claiming responsibility for the murder owing to his polytheistic views.
While talking to TOI over phone, Gurdeep, the first Sikh senator of Pakistan, said that minorities in Pakistan were under attack by the militants.
When asked about the reason behind killing a Sikh, the senator replied that the exact reason is not known yet but it appears to be an outcome of a deep-rooted conspiracy hatched by anti-national elements to destabilise the country and scarce the minorities.
“The chairman of the Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani, has sought a report on the murder of Satnam Singh from the inspector general of police, KPK,” said Gurdeep, the former vice-president of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf who became the senator in March 2021.
However, Pakistani rights activist Radesh Singh Tony said that IS-K had taken the responsibility for killing Satnam to terrorise the Sikhs living, not just in KPK, but across the nation.
Notably, Satnam, a member of the Tira tribal community of KPK’s Orkazai Agency was shot dead in his Unani medicine clinic on Thursday by some unidentified persons.
A local reporter Muhammad Saleem on Friday tweeted that the IS-K released a statement, taking responsibility for the murder of Satnam. Their statement read, “…by the grace of God Almighty, the soldiers of the Caliphate targeted a follower of the polytheistic Sikh sect, in the area of Faqirabad in the city of Peshawar, with pistol shots, which led to his death, praise be to God.”
However, Gurdeep denied having any knowledge of the IS-K taking responsibility for the murder of Satnam.
Back in India, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Bibi Jagir Kaur urged the Pakistani government to ensure safety of the minorities to avert such incidents in future.

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