Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar has condemned the recent killing of a Sikh trader by terrorists in Mardan town of the Khyber area of Pakistan.
In a release issued here on Friday, Makkar said that it was unfortunate that the Pakistan government was failing in its duties to ensure the protection of the minority communities residing there. He expressed shock over the murder of Sikh trader Amarjit Singh.
"Despite our repeated reminders through our government, no steps have been taken at your end to ensure the protection of Sikhs and members of other minority communities, especially those residing in the North West Frontier Province and along the border with Afghanistan", he added.
Makkar sought to remind the Pakistan government that the Sikh community had made a lot of contributions towards the development of Pakistan. However, now they have become soft targets of the terrorists and are being hounded out of their homes and being kidnapped for ransom, he added.
Amarjit was stabbed to death by unidentified attackers in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
He was found murdered inside the warehouse of his shop in Shaheedan Bazaar of Mardan city on Wednesday.