Sikhs boycott all govt committees in protest against activist’s murder


PESHAWAR: A protest against the murder of Sikh community leader Sardar Charan Jeet Singh was arranged in front of Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on Thursday, during which Radish Singh Tooni announced a boycott of all government committees and bodies.

Amidst sizzling heat, a large number of people from different walks of life and civil society organisations assembled in front of the press club. Amongst them, a large number of youths from the Sikh community were also present.

The protesters chanted slogans against the failure of government and law enforcement agencies. The gathering was addressed by Sana Ijaz, Radish Singh Toni, Augustan Jacob, former Member National Assembly (MNA) Jamila Gillani, Advocate Fazal Khan, Advocate Shahab Khattak and others.

The speakers termed Singh’s assassination a great loss for both the Sikh community and the nation. They recalled that Sardar Charan Jeet Singh had always advocated peace and tranquillity, besides making valuable contributions to interfaith harmony in Pakistan.

Similarly, Sardar Charan Jeet Singh had always denounced terrorism and extremism. He had backed the government’s National Action Plan (NAP), as well as, the efforts of security forces for peace and normalcy.

On behalf of the Sikh community, Radish Singh Tooni announced a complete boycott of all government committees and bodies until the culprits involved in Sardar Charan Jeet Singh’s brutal murder are arrested, as well as, the constitution of a judicial commission to probe into all the killings of his community members. He also demanded of the government to take steps for ensuring safety and security to people from all non-Muslim minority communities in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).