No a person has immediately claimed obligation for the assault. (Representational image)

Peshawar:

Two Sikh businessmen ended up shot lifeless by the Islamic Point out terrorists in northwest Pakistan on Sunday, the most recent targeted assault from the minority group members in the restive province bordering Afghanistan.

Kanwaljeet Singh, 42, and Ranjeet Singh, 38, died on the place soon after currently being attacked by two bicycle-borne assailants in the morning in Bata Tal bazaar of Sarband, Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to the law enforcement.

The attackers fled after carrying out the assault.

The victims had been in the business enterprise of spices and experienced stores in the Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband, about 17 kms from Peshawar.

The Islamic State’s Khorasan unit (ISKP) claimed by way of its propaganda news assistance ‘Amaaq’ that it carried out the attack concentrating on two Sikhs in Peshawar. The ISKP is an affiliate of the Islamic Point out (IS) energetic in South Asia and Central Asia.

The Counter-Terrorism Department registered a scenario of murder of the two Sikh gentlemen, Saddar Superintendent of Law enforcement Aqiq Hussain explained to Geo News.

“The incident appears to be a terrorist attack. The CCTV footage will be obtained and the suspects will be arrested soon,” he explained.

A substantial number of indignant Sikh protesters blocked the Peshawar-Islamabad street in entrance of Qila Bala Hissar to sign-up their protest from the killing. They ended up keeping placards versus the brutal killings and elevating slogans – “Quit goal killings”, “We want justice.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident and directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Main Minister Mahmood Khan to make sure fast arrest and punishment of the culprits. He also ordered a substantial level inquiry into the incident.

“Strongly condemn the killing of our Sikh citizens in Peshawar, KP. Pakistan belongs to all its people today. Have requested a high level inquiry to determine specifics. The killers will be arrested & meted out exemplary punishment. My most sincere sympathies to the bereaved households,” he tweeted.

He urged the chief minister to ensure steps for the protection of the lives and attributes of the citizens, particularly of non-Muslims.

He noticed that enmity with Pakistan was the motive guiding this “act of terrorism” and settled to get rid of the enemies of the country, the report said.

Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah criticised the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities for the assault and sought a report from the provincial main secretary and inspector normal of law enforcement.

“The KP government has terribly failed at safeguarding the minorities,” Mr Sanaullah mentioned, indicating earlier incidents of violence towards Sikhs in the province.

He urged legislation enforcement organizations and the provincial federal government led by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to assure the protection of minorities.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Main Minister Mahmood Khan condemned the assault and directed the law enforcement to acquire immediate steps to arrest the culprits.

He claimed that the incident was a conspiracy to disrupt the inter-faith harmony in the province.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari identified as for the speedy arrest of those people included.

“No one particular will be allowed to disturb inter-faith harmony in the country and hurt nationwide unity,” he explained in a statement, including that the Pakistan Peoples Social gathering was the country’s real representative get together and would not abandon the Sikh neighborhood.

In the meantime, the Human Rights Fee of Pakistan condemned the killing.

“This is not the initially time that the Sikh neighborhood in KP has been specific and we need that the KP law enforcement determine and arrest the perpetrators immediately,” it claimed.

It also termed on the authorities to “make it apparent that violence towards religious minorities will not be tolerated”.

The All Pakistan Ulema Council (APUC) also condemned the killing.

APUC head Tahir Ashrafi claimed that the Peshawar administration must assure defense of non-Muslims citizens and arrest the murderers of Ranjeet and Kanwaljeet.

“The continuing assaults on our Sikh neighborhood are an example of the slide out from Pakistan’s suicidal policies in Afghanistan. Be it TTP, Afghan Taliban or ISKP, they are all the merchandise of a terror supporting attitude who have applied the methods of the point out to nurture terrorism,” stated Mohsin Dawar, Member of the Countrywide Assembly, North Waziristan.

About 15,000 Sikhs stay in Peshawar, primarily in the Jogan Shah neighbourhood of the provincial money Peshawar. Most of the associates of the Sikh local community in Peshawar are involved in company, though some also have pharmacies.

In September previous yr, a properly-recognised Sikh ‘hakeem’ (Unani medication practitioner) was shot useless by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic in Peshawar.

In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a notable Sikh local community member, was killed by unfamiliar gentlemen in Peshawar.

Similarly, information channel anchor Ravinder Singh was killed in 2020 in the metropolis.

In 2016, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Nationwide Assembly member Soren Singh was also killed in Peshawar.

According to the 2017 census, Hindus constitute the major spiritual minority in Pakistan. Christians make up the second most significant religious minority.

The Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are also amid the notable religious minorities in Pakistan.