Anti-Taliban protests rock Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

May 10th, 2009 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban New Delhi/Agra, May 10 (ANI): Scores of irate protesters took to streets here on Sunday against the attacks on Sikh community by Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

Brandishing swords and chanting slogans against Taliban and Pakistan, the protesters also burnt Pakistan flags. They demanded an end to harassment of the Sikh community by Taliban.

“The harassment on the Hindus and Sikhs living inside Pakistan by Taliban should be stopped. If Pakistan does take any steps in curbing these atrocities then all the countries should come together and take action against the Pakistan Government,” said Pummy, a protester.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters burnt effigy and staged a demonstration in Agra demanding protection of Sikhs from Taliban fighters.

Thousands of people, including many from the Sikh community, have fled Pakistan’s Swat Valley while the government troops are engaged in a battle with the Taliban fighters after a February peace pact to end violence in the valley collapsed.

Indian Sikhs say the government in Pakistan was doing little to protect the lives of Sikhs.

Reportedly, Taliban outfits demolished at least 11 houses belonging to the Sikh community in the Orakzai Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan after they refused to pay ‘Jazia’.

‘Jazia’, a religious tax was imposed on Sikhs for their protection that prevailed during the era of Mughal reign. (ANI)

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