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Prominent Pakistani Sikh religious leader Charanjit Singh Sagar assassinated in Peshawar

The Hush Post: In yet another attack on minority communities in neighbouring country Pakistan, Charanjit Singh Sagar, a prominent Sikh religious leader was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)’s Peshawar city on Tuesday.

Radesh Singh Tony, President of Peshawar-based Khalsa Peace and Justice Foundation of Pakistan was quoted as confirming by The Times of India that unidentified gunmen shot dead Charanjit Singh Sagar in Budhbir locality when he was sitting in his grocery shop, a report said.

Prominent Pakistani Sikh religious leader Charanjit Singh Sagar assassinated in Peshawar

Prominent Pakistani Sikh religious leader Charanjit Singh Sagar assassinated in Peshawar. Photo courtesy The Times of India

Tony reportedly said that being an affluent community Sikhs often become a target of the fundamentalist groups.

Tony further said the targeted killing of Sagar who was a member of Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh on the completion of assembly term of former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has triggered panic among the minority community, the report said.

Charanjit Singh Sagar was not only a prominent Sikh voice of the community in Peshawar but he was also a member of Jatha of Panj Payara (five beloved ones) and would often lead the nagar kirtan in the streets of Peshawar on various religious occasions, the report said.

Sagar is survived by two sons, a daughter, and wife, Tony said adding that his mortal remains would be cremated on Wednesday at Attock cremation ground, it was reported.

The report further said it was the first target killing of a Sikh after the assassination of Pakistani Sikh doctor and minister of minorities of KPK in 2016. The Pakistani Taliban’s had claimed his killing. In 2013-14 as many as 10 Sikhs were killed.

“This is the first case of target killing in 2018 and we fear this may not be the beginning of a spate of target killings in KPK,” another Sikh from Peshawar was quoted as saying.

Several Hindu and Sikh families from KPK and other restive frontier parts of Pakistan have migrated to India due to such attacks on minority communities, the report said.

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