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CM, Sukhbir express shock over youth’s killing in Pak, want probe

Chandigarh

Expressing shock and anguish over the killing of a Sikh youth, Ravinder Singh, in Pakistan, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure a thorough investigation and strict punishment for the culprits.

 “This is the time to act on what you preach,” said the Chief Minister in a tweet. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal also condemned the brutal killing and expressed grave concern over the rising incidents of religious persecution of Sikhs and other minorities in Pakistan.

In a statement issued here, the SAD president urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and ensure safety of the Sikh brethren in the neighboring country.

He said it was condemnable that a day after a mob attacked Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib, a Sikh youth had been murdered in Peshawar.

“This shows the extent of religious persecution Sikhs and other minorities are facing in Pakistan. Rising attacks on religious places and minorities in Pakistan are a direct outcome of anti-minority policies of the country,” said Sukhbir.

He said it was because of these policies that Islamic fundamentalists had become a law unto themselves and were persecuting minorities and indulging in forced conversions.

The SAD president said the killing of Islamabad reporter Harmeet Singh’s younger brother Parvinder Singh in Peshawar by unknown assailants proved that innocent people were being targeted indiscriminately to instill fear among minorities. “The victim came from Malaysia for his marriage and became a target of hate crime in Pakistan,” he said, maintaining that the Pakistan Government seemed to be in league with the hardliners in targeting minorities.