This morning, in Johar Town, Lahore, two unknown gunmen fatally shot Paramjit Singh Panjwar, also known as Malik Sardar Singh, who was designated as a terrorist and served as the chief of the Khalistan Commando Force (KCF). The incident occurred while Panjwar was walking near his residence in the Sunflower Society of Johar Town, accompanied by his personal gunman. The assailants, riding a motorcycle, attacked and killed Panjwar, while his gunman sustained injuries and was taken to the hospital for medical attention.
The KCF was responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Punjab during the 1980s and 1990s, including the bombing of a passenger train in 1995 that killed 68 people. Panjwar was the chief of the KCF from 1986 until his death, and was wanted by Indian authorities for a number of crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion.
The Indian government has long accused Pakistan of supporting separatist groups in Punjab and other parts of India. In recent years, however, there have been signs of a thaw in relations between the two countries, with both sides taking steps to improve trade and people-to-people contacts. The killing of Panjwar is likely to be seen as a positive step by the Indian government, which has been calling on Pakistan to crack down on terrorist groups operating on its soil.