India has registered a “strong protest” with the federal government of Pakistan over the current killing of two individuals belonging to the Sikh neighborhood in Peshawar on Sunday. “Sadly, this is not the first such case or a rare occurrence,” the Ministry of External Affairs stated in a strongly-worded assertion additional terming it a “shocking and deplorable incident”.
In response to media queries on what the overseas ministry referred to as the “target killing” of two Sikh merchants, the federal government spokesperson stated, “We have seen the reports on brutal killing of two Sikh traders by unidentified armed men in Peshawar. Sadly, this is not the first such case or a rare occurrence.”
The two males killed have been shopkeepers who offered spices in Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband, police stated.
The victims, recognized as Saljeet Singh (42) and Ranjeet Singh (38), died on the spot.
Police had hastened to the spot and encircled the realm to arrest the culprits. No one has instantly claimed duty for the assault.
About 15,000 Sikhs reside in Peshawar, largely within the Jogan Shah neighborhood of the provincial capital.
Most of the members of the Sikh neighborhood in Peshawar are concerned in enterprise, whereas some additionally run pharmacies.
“We have registered our strong protest with the Government of Pakistan on continued targeting of members of the minority community in Pakistan. We call upon the authorities concerned to sincerely investigate the matter and take strict action against those responsible for this deplorable incident,” the ministry the spokesperson stated.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had strongly condemned the assault and directed the police to take quick steps to arrest the culprits.
He termed the incident a conspiracy in opposition to disrupting the inter-faith concord and stated that justice might be supplied to the households of the lifeless. In September final yr, a widely known Sikh ‘hakeem’ (Unani drugs practitioner) was shot lifeless by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic in Peshawar.
The Indian authorities has stated it expects the federal government of Pakistan to satisfy its duties to take care of the protection, safety and well-being of its minority communities.