Sikhs in Pakistan pay Rs.20 mn to TalibanApril 16th, 2009 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Pakistan’s Sikh community has been forced to pay Rs.20 million as “jizia” (tax) to the Taliban so as to return to their homes and resume business, a newspaper said Thursday.
The minority Sikh community Wednesday met the Taliban demand in return for “protection” in Orakzai Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the Daily Times reported.
The Taliban then released Sikh leader Sardar Saiwang Singh and vacated the community’s houses. The militia announced that the Sikhs were now free to live anywhere in the area.
“They also announced protection for the Sikh community, saying no one would harm them after they paid jizia. Sikhs who had left the agency would now return to their houses and resume business,” an official said.