Dr Sardar Soran Singh, a minister for minorities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, was shot dead by gunmen from Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan or Pak Taliban.
A Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA), Singh was special assistant to the Chief Minister of KP about minority related affairs.
He was killed by gunmen in the Pir Baba area of Buner district on Friday near his home.
District police chief Khalid Hamadani said that the gunmen came close to his car and started indiscriminate firing. He said that the minister was killed on the spot.
Other reports state that Singh was brought in critical condition to a hospital in Pacha Killay where he succumbed to his injuries.
Singh was one of the few Sikhs living in the Taliban infested region of Pakistan. While other minorities left for safer areas within the country and even across the border in India, Singh’s family defied the terrorists in a land where they had been living for centuries.
A doctor by profession, Singh had a mercurial rise in politics. He was a member of the Jamaat-e-Islami for nine years before joining PTI in 2011.
Condolences poured on Twitter from across Pakistan. PTI chief Imran Khan was among those who expressed shocked at Soran Singh’s killing.
Shocked at murder of PTI’s KP MPA & Minorities Minister Sooran Singh. KP govt must immed set up inquiry. A great loss for all of us.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 22, 2016
Strongly condemn the heinous murder of PTI MPA Sardar Soran Singh. He was a great asset to the party.Thoughts & prayers are with his family.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 22, 2016
A devastating loss to the country. Minorities minister Sardar Soran Singh gunned down. Irreparable loss of a patriot pic.twitter.com/DDv3yL9vDA
— PTI (@PTIofficial) April 22, 2016
In a state of shock at killing of Sardar Soran Singh our MPA. Was a wonderful human being so full of life. pic.twitter.com/YvhmoqWO1a
— Changez Khan (@drchangezkhan) April 22, 2016
— Ali Salman Alvi (@alisalmanalvi) April 22, 2016
— Nazia Memon (@NaziaMemon01) April 22, 2016
Sardar Soran Singh Shaheed! pic.twitter.com/XVFTZS4b5N
— Sikander F. Bhadera (@SikanderFayyaz) April 22, 2016
Bollywood singer Mika Singh too expressed his shock at the death of the Pakistani MPA.
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) 22 April 2016
This is not the first time that a minister from PTI has been gunned down in the region. In 2013, MPA Fareed Khan was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Hangu.
Meanwhile, Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, president of Pakistan Christian Congress (PCC), questioned why a Sikh minority leader was not provided foolproof security.
He said, “Sikh and Christian minorities in KP province are always under threat of Islamic extremists who have bombed Churches and worship places of Hindus and Sikhs and killed hundreds and KP provincial authorities are fully aware of recent threats but security of Sardar Soran Singh was not fool proof which he deserved as minorities minister.”