Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Sikh politician gunned down

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| Peshawar, Pakistan | 25 April 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Soran Singh, a Sikh politician from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, was gunned down on 22 April 2016 - PHOTO / SORAN SINGH FACEBOOK
Soran Singh, a Sikh politician from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, was gunned down on 22 April 2016 – PHOTO / SORAN SINGH FACEBOOK

Some may remember him as the dastaar-sporting sardar ji riding a horse with a Pakistan flag in hand. Some months ago, photographs of Soran Singh, a leading Sikh politician from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, was being circulated in some pockets of the Sikh social media in Malaysia and Singapore.

On 22 April 2016, the special assistant to chief minister KP on minorities’ affairs and an MPA, was gunned down in a targeted attack near Pir Baba in Buner district.

“Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing which killed the minister on the spot,” Khalid Hamadani, district police chief told AFP.

Soran belonged to the Sikh community and joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2011 after being associated with Jamaat-i-Islami. He held one of several seats reserved for religious minorities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly, according to the Dawn, a Pakistan newspaper.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the four provinces of Pakistan, located in the northwestern region of the country. It was formerly known as North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), commonly called Sarhad in Urdu, which means “frontier.” Its provincial capital and largest city is Peshawar.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the assassination, according to a news report.

 

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