According to MEA, grave concerns have been expressed by various quarters of the Indian civil society and the Sikh community at this shocking and deplorable incident.
“We have registered our strong protest with the Government of Pakistan on the continued targeting of members of the minority community in Pakistan. We call upon the authorities concerned to sincerely investigate the matter and take strict action against those responsible for this deplorable incident,” the statement added.
The MEA said that India expects the Pakistan government to look after the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif “condemned” the killing of two Sikh shopkeepers in Peshawar and ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident.
Condemning the murder of Sikh men, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) demanded that the police should identify and arrest the perpetrators promptly.
“The government must make it clear that violence against religious minorities will not be tolerated,” the HRCP added. Hundreds of people die in target killings, military operations and various other incidents of high-degree violence. Those killed include women and members of religious minorities, politicians, security personnel and militants. Intolerance towards minorities by the state and society has been called a cause of concern by the HRCP.