ISLAMABAD:- On Saturday, days after the stone-pelting incident at Nankana Gurdwara in Pakistan, a 25-year-old Sikh youth was shot dead in Peshawar.
The victim has been identified as Ravinder Singh who is the brother of well-known news anchor Harmeet Singh. Two days earlier, the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara was attacked by a mob while Sikh devotees were inside the shrine.
The victim's brother Harmeet Singh told reporters, ''For how long will the minorities continue to suffer in the state. The Pakistan government should take quick action and bring out the names of people who killed my brother.'' He appealed the media to support him in the matter so that they can get justice.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs condemned the killing on Sunday, it issued a statement to this effect saying: ''India strongly condemns the targeted killing of minority Sikh community member in Peshawar that follows the recent despicable vandalism and desecration of the holy Gurdwara Sri Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib and the unresolved case of abduction, forced conversion and marriage of a Sikh girl Jagjit Kaur.''
The statement also demanded the Government of Pakistan to "stop prevaricating and to take immediate action to apprehend and give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of these heinous acts." The statement urged the Imran Khan-led government to defend the rights of their minorities. ''The Government of Pakistan should act in defence of their own minorities instead of preaching sermons about it to other countries.''