04 May 2009 International EXCLUSIVE
pakistan: plight of sikhs

History's Hostages

Held to a huge ransom by the Taliban, NWFP's Sikhs have nowhere to go
History's Hostages
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History's Hostages
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Jazia And Sikhs
  • In Orakzai, Taliban have imposed a sum of Rs 12 million as jazia on Sikhs
  • Contrary to media reports, the amount is not paid yet. Sikh families remain in the custody of Taliban.
  • In medieval times, jazia was levied on non-Muslims in an Islamic state
  • Those who paid jazia could follow their religion, provided protection
  • Since Muslims paid zakat or alms for the poor to the state, which was spent on welfare, non-Muslims had to contribute their share through jazia
  • But jazia was unpopular. Akbar removed it; Aurangzeb reimposed it.

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