CRIME: Organization asking for protection of minorities in Pakistan

Published: January 10, 2013

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Rajvinder Gill, 41, has been missing since August after travelling to Lahore, Pakistan. Her family, who lives in B.C., has been frantically searching for her. A suspect has since confessed in Pakistani court to killing her. Submitted photo

After two Sikhs — including a Canadian — were brutally murdered in Pakistan, UNITED SIKHS is calling on the government to protect minority communities in the country.

Their request was released in a statement Wednesday, condemning the murders of Rajvinder Kaur Gill, a business woman from Burnaby and S. Moninder Singh, a Pakistani shopkeeper, husband and father of nine.

Although the U.N. not-for-profit advocacy organization is demanding Pakistan officials “secure the safety” of minorities and those visiting, the group warns to “please use caution if you are travelling to Pakistan and be wary of your surroundings.”

Earlier this month it was revealed that Gill, a 41-year-old banker from Burnaby was murdered while she was visiting Pakistan.

According to her family, she disappeared upon her arrival Aug. 27.

It wasn’t until Jan.1 her father found out about her death, as he sat in a Lahore courtroom and listened to a police chief recount a man’s confession about the murder.

According to local media, Hafiz Shahzad Hussain had confessed to killing Gill with his cousin Shahid Ghazanfar, a German national. Hussain told police his cousin owed Gill money and that he invited her to Lahore to attend a diamond auction. He said they picked Gill up from her hotel, spiked her tea with sedatives, and strangled her before dumping her body in a canal. Her body is yet to be found

Gill lived in Mission and Burnaby before moving to Switzerland in 2006 where she worked for Merrill Lynch and UBS and EFG Bank.

Authorities and Interpol are still looking for prime suspect, Ghazanfar, who fled to Germany.

In an unrelated incident, Singh, a shop keeper in Tabbai village, was kidnapped in November and his body was found, beheaded in Khyber Agency Jan. 7.

According to a statement released by UNITED SIKHS, a pro-government militant group, Tawheedul Islam, admit to his beheading and kidnapping, because they believed Singh was a spy.

Singh’s body was found beheaded and mutilated in a sack along with a note stating he’d been killed for spying for a rival militant group, Laskar-e-Islam.

UNITED SIKHS plans to work with officials to help find Gill’s killer and is asking Pakistan officials to pay compensation to both Gill and Singh’s families.

lcahute@theprovince.com
twitter.com/larissacahute


Tags: , , , , ,





Featured

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

sexual harassment

‘Will you have fun with me?’: Immigration officer sexually harasses female passenger at Delhi airport

HINDUSTAN TIMES An immigration officer at the Delhi airport has been suspended after a female passenger complained that he sexually harassed her by asking obscene…
Continue Reading »

crime-Surrey

Two Surrey men in hospital with gunshot wounds after targeted shooting

VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — Two men are in hospital with gunshot wounds following what appears to be a targeted shooting in Surrey on Thursday night….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

World Cup final

Underarm incident recalled as Australia-New Zealand rivalry rekindles in World Cup final

STEVE MCMORRAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Relations between New Zealand and Australia at a political level have regained their natural cordiality in the…
Continue Reading »

Cricket World Cup

Clarke’s Australians prepare to take on unpopular role in the World Cup final vs New Zealand

JOHN PYE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the…
Continue Reading »

India-Australia-weird news

Youth cut his tongue as sacrifice at an Indian temple for nation’s cricket victory

IANS Chennai – In a senseless act, a cricket crazy youth in Tamil Nadu offered the tip of his tongue as a sacrifice at a…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

pakistani sex meera-Veena Malik

Gallery: Bollywood celebs in trouble with the law

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Indian film actress Shruti Haasan has run into legal trouble after she pulled out of a signed contract, according to an…
Continue Reading »

Salman Khan-Bollywood

Bollywood actor Salman Khan denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting the trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, that he…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movie

Amitabh Bachchan: Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai – R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan’s much anticipated third outing “Shamitabh” turned out to be a box office disaster, but…
Continue Reading »