Pakistan: Minorities targeted yet again, Sikh brutally murdered in Peshawar

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Yet there has been another attack on minorities in Pakistan, this time targeting the Sikh community.

Peshawar: Attacks against minorities in Pakistan occur with worrying regularity. A member of the Sikh community was brutally murdered after being shot four times by unidentified assailants in Pakistan’s Peshawar city.

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The incident took place on Thursday when the assailants entered the clinic of Hakim (doctor) Satnam Singh and shot him.

The Express Tribune reported that Singh was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital in the provincial capital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The motive behind the murder is not yet known.

Police said that the doctor had reached Peshawar from Hassan Abdal a day earlier.

This incident is yet another example of the pathetic condition of religious minorities in Pakistan.

Religious minorities are facing brutal repression of their rights which not only includes vandalism of their places of worship, but attacks on their homes and illegal acquisition of their property has saddened Rafiq.

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They regularly become targets of large-scale violence ranging from personal enmity to professional or economic rivalry.

Religious minorities remain an easy target of non-state actors and religiously motivated extremists.

Meanwhile, the dogmatism of state policies has failed to revive the judicial system and the rule of law.

Pakistan has on several occasions promised to protect the interests of minority communities in the nation.

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However, the massive attacks on minorities tell a different story.

First published:September 30, 2021, 8:47 pm

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