October 28, 2021

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Sikh Unani physician killed in Peshawar

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, Sikh Unani physician killed in Peshawar, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH
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, Sikh Unani physician killed in Peshawar, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

ISLAMABAD/ AMRITSAR: Unknown gunmen shot dead a Unani physician belonging to the Sikh community in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Thursday, triggering panic among the tiny minority community in the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Sikhs have demanded that the Pakistan government ensure their security and rein in the elements targeting them.
According to the police, the attackers escaped after firing four shots at Hakeem Satnam Singh who was inside his clinic, Dharmandar Dawakhana, on Charsadda road in Peshawar. Singh was rushed to the nearby Lady Reading hospital in a critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.
The hakeem, locals said, had returned to Peshawar a day earlier from Hassan Abdaal, where Gurdwara Punja Sahib, one of the famous holy sites of Sikhism, is located.
Police said a case has been registered against unknown assailants and investigation is underway.
A Sikh social activist, Radesh Singh Tony, told TOI on phone from Pakistan that Satnam’s family members were from the Tira tribal community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Orakzai Agency. The community members had relatives in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad and often went there.
Just 520 Sikh families live in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Majority of them had migrated to the city from the tribal regions of Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber to escape terrorism. The gradual movement of these families from the tribal areas started in the mid-1980s which increased tremendously with the emergence of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization of a number of Pakistani terror outfits, in 2007. The demand for jizya (protection money from minorities) and several socio-religious curbs by the TTP had forced the Sikh families to leave their ancestral homes for a new abode.
Tony said Satnam Singh along with his family had shifted to Peshawar following attacks on Sikhs, little knowing that he would fall victim to hate-mongers even here. “The Sikh community has appealed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to ensure their security,” he said.
Pakistan has been described as an unsafe country for minorities by rights groups. There have been over a dozen killings of Sikhs in the last few years. Among the victims was Dr Swaran Singh, adviser to KPK chief Parvez Khan Khattak, who was shot dead on April 22, 2016.
“We fear the targeted killing of Sikh community members may increase with Taliban holding power in neighbouring Afghanistan since they had earlier been targeting the Sikhs in Afghanistan,” Tony said.

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