Pak Sikhs threaten countrywide protest

Islamabad, Pak: Sikhs in Pakistan have held a protest march and threatened to launch a countrywide agitation if the government fails to provide security to them following targeted killings of members of the minority community in recent weeks.

The protest march was held on Sunday in the northwest Mardan city against the killings of several businessmen in the militancy-plagued Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The protest was organised by All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement whose chairman Haroon Sarb Diyal expressed concern over the targeted killings of members of Sikh community, Dawn reported.

Janmohan Singh, leader of the local Sikhs, lamented that one of their relatives identified as Amarjeet Singh was killed by unknown assailants inside his shop at Shaheedan Bazaar last Wednesday.

He termed the case an incident of targeted killing, which had spread panic among Sikhs and other minority communities.

“This was the sixth or seventh killing of our community member in targeted attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the government has failed to arrest the killers and take effective steps,” he said. Another Sikh trader identified as Har Jeet Singh was shot dead last Saturday in Peshawar. Diyal said that they were not satisfied with steps being taken by the government for their protection.

Source: The Tribune

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