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Sikh human rights activist killed in Peshawar


Sikh human rights activist killed in Peshawar

Peshawar, Pakistan (May 30): A human rights activist and Sikh community leader Charanjeet Singh was shot dead by bike-borne assailants in Peshawar in broad daylight on Tuesday. Singh, who had shifted to Peshawar with his family nearly two decades ago, was a highly respectable figure in the region and was known for promoting religious harmony and discouraging violence.

Although the exact motive behind the incident is still unknown, community and local political leaders suspect the hand of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) hand in the attack. In the run-up to the upcoming general election, which is scheduled for July 25, the political atmosphere of the country is getting increasingly turbulent.

While the Pakistan Army and the ISI have been covertly supporting the extremism, a few players are contesting to bring a more liberal government in Islamabad. About 60,000 Sikhs live in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, including 15,000 in Peshawar alone, who have time and again raised the issue of

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