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Sikh Politician Arrested Over Killing Of Rival In Pakistan

A Pakistani policeman stands guard alongside suspects who allegedly killed Sikh politician Sardar Soran Singh during a press conference after their arrest in Peshawar on April 25.

Pakistani police have arrested six people suspected of being involved in the killing of a Sikh official.

Authorities also are denying a Pakistani Taliban claim of responsibility for the April 22 murder of Sardar Suran Singh, saying they think a rival politician within the Sikh community hired assassins to carrying out the killing.

Singh, a provincial adviser on minority affairs in Pakistan’s northwestern Pakhtunkhwa Province, was shot dead on April 22 as he was heading to his home.

Azad Khan, police chief of the Malakand District where the shooting took place, said on April 25 that rival Sikh politician Baldev Kumar was among those in police custody.

Khan said Kumar is suspected of paying about $10,000 to have Singh killed.

Based on reporting by AP and Dawn