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Killer of Sikh rights activist in Pakistan arrested: police

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

The alleged murderer of Charanjit Singh, a renowned Pakistani religious leader and rights activist, was arrested today by counter-terrorism officials, who said he was killed for failing to pay extortion money, said.

Singh, 52, was killed on May 29 when a lone gunman barged into his grocery store on the outskirts of and shot him dead.

According to a statement from the (CTD), an operation was conducted in the Ghalla Mandi area of and the alleged killer, identified as Sheheryar Sultan, was arrested.

The arrest came a day after the of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, retired Justice Dost Mohammad Khan, ordered an investigation into the killing of the leader, Dawn newspaper reported.

The CTD said that the alleged target killer was caught by a special team of the department tasked with the investigation of the case.

An investigation told Tribune newspaper that Singh was killed for failing to pay extortion.

"The suspect is part of a criminal group involved in extortion," the said, adding that they have also found evidence of Singh previously paying extortion money.

Singh was a promoting interfaith harmony in Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Singh had migrated to the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the early 1970's for business and hailed from the Sadda region of district.

Singh lived in Mohalla Bar, inside the walled city and ran his store on Scheme Chowk together with his brother. Two of his other brothers are traditional physicians.

The murder caused panic among the minority community as several Sikhs have been killed in different parts of the city in the past.

Most of the Sikhs residing in are those whose families previously resided in different parts of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) but shifted to Peshawar and started a business.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 18:35 IST