Paramjit Singh Panjwar, head of Khalistan Commando Force(KCF) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen while he was out for a morning walk on 6th May,2023 near his residence in Lahore, Pakistan. He was born in Panjwar village of Punjab, India in 1960. He worked at the Central Cooperative Bank in Sohal till 1986. In 1986, he joined the KCF, whose commander, Panjwar’s cousin and former policeman Labh Singh, was a major influence on him. KCF came into existence in February 1986 with an objective to create Khalistan through violent means and armed struggle by committing bank robberies and kidnapping for ransom. After the elimination of Labh Singh at the hands of Indian security forces, Panjwar took charge of KCF in the 1990s and crossed over to Pakistan.
Panjwar kept the KCF alive by raising funds through cross-border weapons smuggling and heroin trafficking. Despite denials by the Pakistan government, Panjwar stayed in Lahore while his wife and children relocated to Germany. Panjwar, 63, was heading the Khalistan Commando Force and was designated as a terrorist by India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in July 2020. In March 2011, India handed over a list of 50 most wanted fugitives in Pakistan in which Paramjit Singh Panjwar’s name was prominent among other notorious notables taking asylum in the Pakistan.
Pakistan's intelligence agencies cordoned off the area where Panjwar was shot and launched an investigation while the media was not allowed at the crime scene. However Pak media is now featuring this killing as a routine killing of a Pakistani Sikh called Sardar Singh Malik.