Currently, Pakistan is experiencing a surge of terrorism, with security forces conducting intelligence-based operations against terrorists in the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan.

On Sunday, Islamic State terrorists shot and killed two Sikh businessmen in Pakistan’s northwest, the latest targeted murder against the minority group in the restive area bordering Afghanistan.

According to police, Kanwaljeet Singh, 42, and Ranjeet Singh, 38, were killed on the spot in Bata Tal market in Sarband, Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, after being hit by two bike-borne gunmen in the morning.

Police obtained evidence from the crime scene and began an investigation into the case in order to apprehend the perpetrators.

The Islamic State’s Khorasan unit (ISKP) claimed responsibility for the attack in Peshawar through its propaganda news service ‘Amaaq.’ The ISKP is a South Asian and Central Asian affiliate of the Islamic State (IS).

Security forces demolished the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan during Operation Zarb-e-Azb, but terror sleeper cells and sympathizers remain in all corners of the country.

In addition, there have been multiple incidences of targeted killings of Sikh and Shia populations in the Peshawar region in recent years, but the police have failed to develop a strategy to prevent such incidents from occurring again.

To protest the killing, a large group of enraged Sikh demonstrators barricaded the Peshawar-Islamabad road in front of Qila Bala Hissar. They were carrying signs with slogans including “We want justice,” and “Stop target killings.”

This comes at a time when the country has recently agreed on a temporary ceasefire agreement with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) aka Pakistani Taliban.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).