A 25-year-old Sikh man was killed in Pakistan’s Peshawar two days after a mob attacked a gurdwara at Nankana Sahib, local media reported today. Ravinder Singh, the brother of Public News anchor Harmeet Singh, was shot dead in Peshawar by an unidentified man, consistent with reports.
Ravinder Singh was a resident of Shangla district at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had click from Malaysia and gone to Peshawar to buy for his wedding, his friend Manmeet Kaur told NDTV.
After killing him, the person made a call to Ravinder Singh’s family, the police said, press agency ANI reported.
India today said it strongly condemns the “targeted killing” of the “minority Sikh community member in Peshawar”. The incident “follows the recent despicable vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib and therefore the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur,” the govt said during a statement.
“India calls upon the govt of Pakistan to prevent prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and provides exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of those heinous acts. the govt of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities rather than preaching sermons about it to other countries,” the govt said.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted to condemn the killing.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also tweeted, “Shocked & anguished over killing of Sikh youth Ravinder Singh in Pakistan, approaching heels of Nankana Sahib Attack. Imran Khan govt must ensure thorough investigation and strict punishment for the culprits. this is often the time to act on what you preach.”
A group of angry local residents had pelted stones at the Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan on Friday evening. The group was led by the family of a person who had allegedly abducted a Sikh woman from her home last August.
The opposition has also begin strongly against the Pakistan authorities for failing to stop the attack. “The attack on Nankana Sahab is reprehensible and must be condemned unequivocally. Bigotry may be a dangerous, age-old poison that knows no borders. Love + Mutual Respect + Understanding is its only known antidote,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Saturday.
Members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee and Shiromani Akali Dal staged a protest against the Pakistan embassy on Saturday to denounce the incident.
The Pakistan ministry , during a midnight statement, said there was a “scuffle between two Muslim groups” in Nankana Sahib on Friday. They claimed that that a minor incident at a tea stall led to the altercation, and therefore the accused were immediately taken into custody. “Most importantly, the gurdwara remains untouched and undamaged,” the Pakistan ministry said.