India condemns 'targeted killing' of Sikh man in Pakistan's Peshawar
Peshawar : A 25-year-old man was allegedly killed in Pakistan's Peshawar, two days after a mob had attacked a gurdwara at Nankana Sahib, reported local media.
According to the media reports, the man has been identified as Ravinder Singh, he was shot dead by an unidentified man.
Ravinder Singh was a resident of Shangla district at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had come home from Malaysia and gone to Peshawar to shop for his wedding, his friend Manmeet Kaur told NDTV.
The ANI report said that the killer called up Ravinder Singh's family after shooting him.
India reacted strongly to the incident and said that it 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 the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur," the government said in a statement.
"India calls upon the Government of Pakistan to stop prevaricating and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts. The Government of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities instead of preaching sermons about it to other countries," the government said.
A day after mob attacked our holy shrine #GurdwaraNankanaSahib, this brutal murder of Sikh youth in Peshawar shows the extent of persecution minorities face in Pak. I urge PM @narendramodi ji to imm take up the issue with @ImranKhanPTI & ensure the safety of Sikh brethren there. pic.twitter.com/Dj6c3Mplup— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) January 5, 2020
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also tweeted, "Shocked & anguished over killing of Sikh youth Ravinder Singh in Pakistan, coming on heels of Nankana Sahib Attack. Imran Khan govt must ensure thorough investigation and strict punishment for the culprits. This is the time to act on what you preach."