Sardar Soran Singh, special assistant to Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on minorities’ affairs was on Friday gunned down in a targeted attack near Pir Baba in Buner district on Friday.
“Gunmen riding on two motorbikes came in front of the car and started indiscriminate firing which killed the minister on the spot,” Khalid Hamadani, district police chief told AFP.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, Singh, also a member of provincial assembly, was shifted to the hospital immediately after the incident, where he succumbed to his wounds.
“Soran Singh was shot in the head and eye,” Pir Baba SHO Mir Ghazab confirmed.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the assassination.
Soran Singh, a Sikh, had joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in 2011 after being associated with Jamaat-i-Islami.
He held one of several seats reserved for religious minorities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly.
Three years ago, another PTI provincial lawmaker Fareed Khan was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Hangu.
India’s SGPC described his murder an ‘unfortunate incident’ adding that it was the responsibility of Pakistan government to provide security to Sikhs.