Buner: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police revealed that a political adversary had planned and murdered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Sardar Sooran Singh.
According to Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG) Malakand Azad Khan main planner of the murder and attackers have been arrested, on Monday.
He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban’s (TTP) claims in this regard are false.
DIG Azad Khan told newsmen that further investigation into the case is still underway.
Police said that Murderers were promised Rs1 million for killing Sooran Singh and Rs0.2 million were paid in advance.
“Baldev Kumar, another minority member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, wanted to get an MPA ticket however his party nominated Sooran Singh as member of the KPK assembly,” DIG told newspersons.
Sooran Sigh’s appointment as special adviser to KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khatak had further intensified Kumar’s hatred for him, officials said.
Police said that Sooran Singh did not have adequate security with him, which made an easy target for attackers.
Taliban have nothing to do with this murder, he maintained. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) initially claimed responsibility for the assassination.
On Friday, special Assistant to Chief Minister KP on Minority Affairs and Member Provincial Assembly belonging to PTI Dr Sardar Sooran Singh was gunned down by unknown assailants near his home in District Buner.
He was on his way back on foot after routine walk when the gunmen opened fire at him and shot him dead near his home in Pir Baba area, District police official said.
Baldev Kumar was arrested from Bari Kot tehsil of Swat and was shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation, according to the DIG.