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April 24, 2016

PTI lawmaker Soran Singh cremated in Buner

National

April 24, 2016

DAGGAR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh was cremated in Pacha village in Buner district here on Saturday.

The body was brought to the cremation site at his native Pacha village in Pir Baba area.

Strict security arrangements had been put in place for the last rites of the lawmaker, who was also Special Assistant to the Chief Minister and was gunned down by unidentified armed men on Friday.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Higher Education and Information Mushtaq Ghani, Member National Assembly Sher Akbar Khan, District Nazim Dr Obaidullah and people from various walks of life were present on the occasion.

The atmosphere in the area remained gloomy and the bazaar in Pacha village remained closed throughout the day.

Later, the chief minister visited the residence of Soran Singh and offered his condolences to the bereaved family.

Talking to reporters, he said that Soran Singh was a good friend and a great soul. “We have been deprived of a good friend. The vacuum created by his death cannot be filled,” he added.

The chief minister said the cowardly enemy could not deter the resolve of the provincial government to fight terrorism. “Such acts cannot stop our government from serving the masses,” he stressed.

He said the services of Soran Singh for the development of his native Buner district would always be remembered. “We would complete the mission of Soran Singh,” he added.

Pervez Khattak said that progress had been made in the investigation of Soran Singh’s murder. He said the action being taken by the Buner Police for the arrest of the attacker was laudable. He said facts about the incident would be made public.

Unidentified persons shot dead Soran Singh near his home in Pir Baba.

Soran Sing was born in Pacha village in 1966.

He did his matriculation from the Government High School in Gadezai and got employment as medical technician at the Basic Health Unit in Jowar village. Later, he got his degree in homeopathy and began practicing privately at his clinic.

During his student life, Soran Singh was active in politics. He remained associated with Jamaat-i-Islami (JI).

He contested the local government elections held by the military ruler General Pervez Musharraf in 2000-2001 and was elected as tehsil councillor on the minority seat for the first time.

He ended his affiliation with the JI in 2012 and joined the PTI. He was elected as MPA on minority seat and appointed as special assistant to chief minister. However, he never availed the protocol of special assistant.

Our correspondent from Timergara adds: The members of the minorities’ groups in Lower Dir district condemned the assassination of Sardar Soran Singh.

In a statement, member tehsil council Balambat Waqar Majeed said Soran Singh served the minority communities irrespective of their political affiliation.

He urged the government to bring the perpetrators to justice and provide protection to the minorities.

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