Islamabad, Aug 2: A Pakistani official who sought to create inter-faith harmony by serving devotees in Sikh temples in Pakistan and India has lost his job.
Mohammad Khursheed Khan, a deputy attorney general in Peshawar, was sacked by the federal government Wednesday, the Dawn reported Thursday. Another lawyer, Farooq Shah, was appointed in his place.
In 2010, Khursheed Khan started community service at gurdwaras in Peshawar as a mark of solidarity with the Sikh community after one of its members was killed by Islamists.
He later visited India with a Supreme Court Bar Association delegation and offered community service at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Currently in Nepal, Khursheed Khan told the Pakistani media on telephone that “some elements” were trying to oust him and vowed to spill the beans after returning to Pakistan.
Dawn said Khursheed Khan was “known for his unusual acts”. Before the 2002 general elections, he had fired at his hand as a mark of protest.
He was a candidate of the Pakistan Peoples Party, and was reportedly under pressure to withdraw in favour of an Awami National Party nominee.
In 2007, he reportedly sprayed black paint on the face of advocate Ahmad Raza Kasuri.