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Sikh politician in Pakistan killed by Hindu rival for party ticket

PTI 25 Apr 2016, 16:45:17 IST

Peshawar: A prominent Sikh politician in Pakistan who was gunned down last week was killed by contract killers hired by his miffed Hindu rival after he failed to secure a ticket for elections, police said today, days after Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the murder.

Baldev Kumar, a Swat district councilor and minority leader of Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was arrested by the police for his alleged role in the murder of Dr Sardar Sooran Singh, also of the same party.

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52-year-old Singh was the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Minority Affairs.

Kumar hired contract killers by promising them Rs one million. He was miffed after being overlooked for the ticket which was given to Singh who was comparatively new entrant to the PTI, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Malakand Division Azad Khan said at a press conference.