Pak Hindus object to oath-taking of lawmaker accused of murdering Sikh
Peshawar: The Hindu community in Pakistan's Khyber Pakthunkhwa is protesting against the planned oath taking ceremony of a member of the provincial assembly accused of murdering a Sikh lawmaker.
Baldev Kumar, who is in jail in the murder case of Sikh lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh, was to be produced in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday.
Speaker Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) Assembly Asad Qaisar on Monday withdrew the Assembly Secretariat letter dated February 23 regarding production order of Kumar in the assembly on Monday. Now he will take oath on Tuesday.
Coordinator KP chif minister on Minorities Ravi Kumar described the oath taking of Kumar as a sad day for the minorities of the province. Haroon Sarab Diyal, the leader of Hindu community in the province, said that the Hindus would protest if he was administered oath. Singh, a lawmaker from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, was shot dead in April 2016 in Buner district of the province. Singh was elected to the provincial assembly on a minority seat.
His son Ajay on Sunday appealed the provincial government not to bring the killer of his father in the provincial assembly for obtaining his vote for PTI Senate candidate in the upcoming Senate elections due for March 3.
Kumar, the second in the list of Tehreek-e-Insaf party's candidates for a reserved seat for minorities, has been facing a trial in the case.