Pakistani Bishops condemn murder of Sardar Soran Singh, demand action against the perpetrators

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National Commission for Justice and Peace has sternly condemned the killing of Sikh lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh. At the same time the Catholic organisation also expressed sympathies with the Sikh community over the loss of Soran Singh. Moreover, in a statement, the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) offered condolences to the bereaved family of the deceased.

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The National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), which is a rights advocating organisation officiated by the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, expressed great sorrow over the loss of a visionary political representative of the religious minorities. In the statement Dr Joseph Arshad – Chairperson of NCJP, and National Director of NCJP- Rev Fr Emmanuel Yousaf Mani jointly condemned the killing. The statement said: “target killing of political representatives is unacceptable.” Our condolences and prayers were with the family of the deceased.

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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.

Three days after the attack, Deputy Inspector General Malakand- Azad Khan stated that a PTI counsellor 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. Baldev Kumar had paid about $10,000 to the killers to have his political rival Soran Singh killed. Moreover, PML-N’s Alam Khan- Deputy Nazim from Shangla has also been arrested in this connection.

On the other hand, representatives of the several religious minorities have condemned the unruly killing of Soran Singh. They demanded that government should take effective steps to enhance protection of religious minorities in the country. Further these representatives grumble about the fact that thus far, government or the legal authorities take no real action against the killers of majority of Non-Muslim leaders.