Two Sikh shopkeepers were shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants in Pakistan’s Peshawar city during the early morning hours today. The killings took place in the Bata Tal bazaar of the city. The victims have been identified as Saljeet Singh and Ranjeet Singh. The two Sikh men died on the spot, as reported by The Express Tribune.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri condemned the killings and reiterated the need for legislation like CAA to protect religious minorities facing persecution in India’s neighboring countries. “Deeply saddened to hear about the dastardly killing of two members of the Sikh Sangat in Pakistan’s Peshawar. Acts like these clearly amplify the dangers that religious minorities face in our volatile neighbourhood and the necessity for humane measures like CAA,” Puri said in a tweet.
The office of the CM of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said in a tweet that the Inspector General of Police has been instructed by the CM to ensure the immediate arrest of perpetrators in the case. “Unidentified gunmen shot dead two members of the Sikh community in the Sarband area of Peshawar. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa @IMMahmoodKhan took notice of the incident. The Chief Minister directed the Inspector General of Police to take necessary action for immediate arrest of those involved in the murder,” read the tweet.