Islamabad, June 14: The Pakistani authorities have arrested the alleged killer of Sikh peace activist Charanjeet Singh. According to reports, the accused, Shehryar, was arrested from Kohat Road in Peshawar and has confessed to the crime. Reports say while he had fired upon Singh, he has also named the accomplice.
Charanjeet Singh was shot dead by bike-borne assailants in Peshawar in broad daylight in May. Singh, who had shifted to Peshawar with his family nearly two decades ago, was a highly respectable figure in the region. He was known for promoting religious harmony and discouraging violence.
The killing of Singh had also raised concerns in India over the security of Sikhs in Pakistan. Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal had tweeted to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying, "Being a minority community, the Sikhs have always been facing discrimination in Pakistan. I request the Union External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj ji to take up the issue with her Pakistan counterpart to ensure safety and security of the Sikhs in Pakistan."
To this, Swaraj had replied saying, "Sukhbir ji : I fully share your concern. I have already asked for a report from our High Commissioner in Islamabad. I will revert on this."