Pakistani Police Arrest Hindu Man in Connection With Sikh Leader’s Murder

SWAT (Karachi) – Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Malakand Range Azad Khan has confirmed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) District Councilor Swat Baldev Kumar has been arrested over murder allegations of PTI minority MPA and Special Advisor to Chief Minister (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Sardar Soran Singh, reported Dunya News.

Azad Khan also said that after interrogating already captured suspects, Kumar has also been added into the interrogation-list. Arrested suspects have been investigated from various angles to catch the actual murderers, he added.

Malakand Circle DIG Azad Khan also visited Pacha Kaley and offered his condolences to Singh’s family. He later told the media four suspects were arrested and being interrogated. He was hopeful of positive results.

Initial investigations into the killing of Singh suggested he might have been murdered over extortion.

“We are looking into the matter, but initial investigation points out he was targeted after refusing to pay extortion,” a senior police official told The Express Tribune, requesting anonymity. He confirmed four suspects were arrested, including one who was taken from the vicinity of the crime scene. Police believed two of the arrested individuals were directly involved in Singh’s killing, while the others facilitated the attack. A pistol was also recovered, the official added.

Born in Peer Baba area of Buner district, Singh studied initially at local schools and ultimately graduated from Degree College Swarhi. He married an Indian national and had a son and a daughter from her. However, the couple went their separate ways later on. He married a Swat resident ten years ago and left behind a son and a daughter with her. Singh was a popular figure in the area and elected as district nazim on a Jamaat-e-Islami ticket. He ultimately joined the PTI and was a member of the party till his untimely death.
The last rites of Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Minority Affairs Sardar Soran Singh were held in his native town of Pacha Kaley in Buner on Saturday. The police said they arrested four people in connection with the murder.

Singh was shot dead on Friday at his doorstep when he was returning from a funeral. In accordance to Sikh rituals, the body of Singh was cremated at the Shamshan Ghat in Pacha Kaley. The body was draped in a Pakistani flag.
with inputs : Dawn, Duniya news, the express tribune

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