DIG Malakand claims MPA Soran Singh murdered by a PTI counselor not by TTP

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A minorities’ leader and few others reportedly confess to the murder of MPA- Sardar Soran Singh. Sikh lawmaker was gunned down by unknown assailants on April 22, Friday evening, when he was returning home after attending a function in Buner District. The gunmen intercepted his car and opened indiscriminate fire, as a result of which he died on the spot. Sardar Soran Singh was the special assistant on minorities to the Chief Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and member of the provincial assembly.

MPA Soran Singh murder case

Three days after the attack, Deputy Inspector General Malakand- Azad Khan stated that a PTI counselor had confessed to the crime. DIG Azad Khan refuted claims of the Tehreek-e-Talibaan for the responsibility of the murder. While addressing the media during a press conference, DIG-Azad Khan said that Baldev Kumar a counselor from Swat had confessed involvement in the murder. It was further stated that Baldev Kumar who was also a business partner of Soran Singh, had an intention to contest elections but was unsuccessful to get party ticket; as a result of which he decided to kill MPA- Soran Singh.

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DIG- Azad Khan went on to disclose that Baldev Kumar had paid about $10,000 to the killers to have his political rival Soran Singh killed. Moroever, PML-N’s Alam Khan- Deputy Nazim from Shangla has also been arrested in this connection. He is believed to have facilitated the attack on MPA Singh and hired the target killers. So far, six suspects have been hooked by the police in Soran Singh murder case, he said. DIG-Azad Khan further stated that Soran Singh was killed over party ticket feud.

DIG- Azad Khan revealed that Baldev Kumar believed that if he would get Soran Singh killed; it would clear his path for the party’s ticket for the reserved seat for minorities’ and in succession could also be eligible to become the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’ assistant on minorities’ affairs.