Two Sikh businessmen killed in broad daylight in Pakistan
Saljeet Singh, 42, and Ranjeet Singh, 38, died at the scene after being attacked by two assailants on bicycles in the morning, police said.
The two Sikhs were in the spice trade and had shops in the Bata Tal bazaar in Sarband, about 17 km from Peshawar.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the murder.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan condemned the attack and ordered the police to take immediate action to arrest the culprits.
He said the incident was a plot to disrupt interfaith harmony in the province.
The Chief Minister said justice will be served for the families of the deceased.
About 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar, mostly in the Jogan Shah district of the provincial capital Peshawar.
Most members of the Sikh community in Peshawar are involved in business, while some also have pharmacies.
In September last year, a well-known Sikh ‘hakeem’ (unani medical practitioner) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic in Peshawar.
In 2018, Charanjit Singh, a prominent member of the Sikh community, was killed by unidentified people in Peshawar.
Similarly, news channel presenter Ravinder Singh was killed in 2020 in the city.
In 2016, Soren Singh, a member of the Pakistani National Assembly Tehreek-e-Insaaf, was also killed in Peshawar.
According to the 2017 census, Hindus are the largest religious minority in Pakistan. Christians are the second largest religious minority.
Ahmadis, Sikhs and Parsis are also some of the notable religious minorities in Pakistan.