New Delhi/Peshawar, Jan. 5: Two days after the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan's Punjab province was attacked by a Muslim mob, a member of the Sikh community, Ravinder Singh, was murdered in Peshawar by 'unknown' gunmen.
Ravinder Singh was the younger brother of a local journalist Harmeet Singh.
A businessman in Malaysia, Ravinder was in Peshawar to shop for his wedding in February,
Anguished by the murder of his brother, Harmeet added that "without minorities, no country can flourish and progress. Pakistan is beautiful because of minorities but each year, we end up carrying the dead on our shoulders".Harmeet told the media.
Pakistan, he said, gets massive funds from several countries to protect minorities.
"But there is no protection. That's why I am here to carry my dead brother's body today. I won't rest until the Pakistani government books the murderers of my brother," he added.
India condemns ‘targeted killing’
India on Sunday strongly condemned the “targeted killing” of the minority Sikh community member.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Pakistan should stop “prevaricating” and take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.
“India strongly condemns the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar that 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 MEA said.
It said the government of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities instead of “preaching sermons” about it to other countries.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh too condemned the killing and demanded that the Imran Khan government conduct a thorough investigation and punish the culprits.
“Shocked and anguished over killing of Sikh youth Ravinder Singh in #Pakistan, coming on the heels of #NankanaSahibAttack. @ImranKhanPTI govt must ensure thorough investigation and strict punishment for the culprits. This is the time to act what you preach,” Amarinder Singh tweeted.
India had on Friday strongly condemned vandalism at the revered Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan and called upon the neighbouring country to take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of the Sikh community there.
The Indian External Affairs Ministry said members of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of violence at the holy city of Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.
The MEA said these reprehensible actions followed the forcible abduction and conversion of a Sikh girl who was kidnapped from her home in the city of Nankana Sahib in August last year.
According to media reports, a mob attack took place at the shrine where the Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev was born.
Reports suggested that hundreds of angry residents at Nankana Sahib pelted the Sikh pilgrims with stones on Friday. — Agencies