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Pakistani Sikh legislator Sardar Soran Singh killed in attack

Pakistani Sikh legislator Sardar Soran Singh killed in attack

Singh, who was a special assistant on minorities to the provincial chief minister, was attacked outside his home in Pir Baba area of Buner district, the media reports said.

"Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the auto and started indiscriminate firing which killed the minister on the spot", said Khalid Hamadani, district police chief.

The Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker was shifted to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition where he succumbed to his wounds.

"These activities will continue until implementation of Islamic system in Pakistan", Muhammad Khurasani, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said in an emailed statement late Friday.

The PTI said Islam's laws and the Pakistani Constitution provided for the protection of religious minorities.

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Sikhs make up less than 1 percent of Pakistan's 190 million people.

A prominent Pakistani Sikh politician was shot dead today by unidentified motorcycle- borne gunmen near his home in the country's restive northwest. Soran Singh used to travel to Buner occasionally without any security protocol despite being provided security by the provincial government.

He had a simple and humble character and treated everyone politely.

He was also part of a Pashto channel, Khyber News, as a special correspondent.

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