NEW DELHI: Killings and kidnappings for ransom of Sikhs in Pakistan’s Peshawar city are becoming common.
Yet Sikh businessman in Pakistan was kidnapped for ransom on Monday.
The latest incident happened in the Qaidabad area, Pakistan media reported from Peshawar.
Rakbir Singh, a shopkeeper in Karkhano Market, was kidnapped by armed men and taken away in a car. Sikhs said he has been kidnapped for ransom, an Express Tribune report said.
“He (the kidnapped Sikh) goes to the temple to offer his prayers, and then to his shop as per his daily routine, Sahib Singh, a former Sikh council member, was quoted as saying. “He was kidnapped while returning home.”
Just last week, a Sikh family was held hostage and Rs1 million and 140 grammes of gold stolen from them by robbers.
About 500 Sikh families, who migrated from Khyber Agency and Orakzai Agency, live in Peshawar.
Sahib Singh said the Sikhs had sought shelter in Peshawar but the recent killings of two Sikhs and their kidnappings for ransom have made the city even less safe for them.
Earlier this month, the mutilated body of Sikh businessman Mahinder Singh, who had been missing for two months, was found in a gunny bag at Choura village of Jamrud tehsil in Khyber Agency.