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Killers of Sikh community members still at large, Senate told

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Published: November 6, 2014 05:02 pm

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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Baleeghur Rehman says the culprits of recent incident of killings of the members of the Sikh community in Peshawar have not been apprehended and the authorities are investigating the matter.  

Wrapping up a discussion on an adjournment motion during the 108th session of the Senate, the minister said the federal government had written to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police and the Chief Secretary on September 18 asking them to expediently apprehend the culprits; however, no arrests have been made so far.

The adjournment motion regarding killing of two persons belonging to Sikh Community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was sponsored by six ANP Senators including Senator Zahid Khan (mover), Haji Adeel, Abdul Nabi Bangash, Baz Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Daud Khan, Shahi Syed, and Amar Jeet (a minority member). Additionally non-Muslim Senator Heman Dass (JUI-F) and Hari Ram (PPPP) also sponsored the motion.

Nineteen lawmakers – ANP (five), PML-N (three), MQM, PPPP, JUI-F, PML (two each), and one member each of PkMAP, BNP-A and an independent lawmaker – debated the motion for an hour and 34 minutes. Initiating the discussion, Senator Zahid Khan said six Sikhs have been killed in a month and allegedly 580 minority families have fled KP in the face of killings, abductions and extortion. The Senators took a jibe at the PTI leadership, saying it operates from Islamabad and is the least concerned about provincial matters; therefore, the responsibility of ensuring public security in KP falls on the federal government.

Speaking in support of Zahid Khan, PML Senator Mushahid Hussain pointed out that there is an extermination campaign of non-Muslims underway, not only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but in Sindh and the Center should take notice of it. Maintaining the same stance, MQM Senator Tahir Mashhadi recommended a crackdown on banned outfits as the only way out of this situation. Condemning the killings, PML-N Senator Hamza said such incidents will have repercussions for Indian Muslims who are larger in number than in Pakistan.

Blaming the ongoing maltreatment of minorities on the KP government, ANP Senator Abdul Nabi Bangish said the minorities in KP have not been mistreated during the worst law & order situations since the last 30 years. PPPP Senator Taj Haider blamed the federal and provincial government for patronizing religious outfits and stressed the need for a debate on government policies.
Expressing concerns over the persecution of Siks in KP for the first time, ANP Senator Amar Jeet requested the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice to take notice of the situation and urged the federal and provincial governments to ensure public security. Similar concerns were shared by JUI-F Senator Heman Das who suggested that an empowered Senate Committee should be constituted to address law and order issues concerning minorities with the assistance of the law enforcement agencies so that the perpetrators of such actions are brought to justice.

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