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Sikhs In Pakistan Pay "Jizia" To Taliban

4/17/2009 12:40 AM ET

Pakistan's minority Sikh community were forced to pay Rs.20 million (USD 0.4 Mn) as "jizia" or tax to the Taliban for them to return to their homes and resume business in Orakzai Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), reports said Thursday.

The minority Sikh community Wednesday met the Taliban demand following which the Taliban released Sikh leader Sardar Saiwang Singh and vacated the community's houses besides being assured of its "protection" and freedom to live anywhere in the area.

"They 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.

by RTT Staff Writer

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