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NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Prominent Muslim scholars and leaders have strongly condemned extortion of “Jaziya” by Taleban from Sikh community in Pakistan.

A statement signed by Syed Shahabuddin, former member of Parliament and ex-president, All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, shahi imam, Jama Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi, Dr. S.Q.R. Ilyas, member, Muslim Personal Law Board, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, president All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat and many others said,

“We, religious, political and community leaders of the Indian Muslims, are alarmed at the reports coming out of Pakistan’s tribal areas about the Pakistani Taleban’s kidnapping, extortion of huge amounts of money from their Sikh compatriots as “Jaziya” and demolition of the houses and shops of those who fail to pay the demanded sums.

“We would like to say that ‘Jaziya’ is a tax paid in an Islamic state for exemption from military service by healthy non-Muslim adults who are free to follow their vocations without restriction or fear, and that there is no other tax payable by them after paying this tax, unlike Muslims who have to pay various taxes including Zakah and have to perform military service as well.

The statement further says, “Jaziya” was payable by non-Muslims only in lands conquered by Muslims like Egypt, Syria and Iraq but not in unconquered areas. The statement said that “Jaziya” has not been levied on non-Muslims today in Muslims states for the simple reason that non-Muslims in these countries pay all taxes payable by others.

Prominent modern Islamic scholars are of the view that “Jaziya” should not be imposed as non-Muslims in Muslim states pay all taxes paid by other citizens and shoulder all the duties, the statement said.

“We wish to make it clear that the imposition of the so-called “Jaziya” is nothing more than extortion by an armed and lawless gang which does not constitute a sovereign government or state or even an organ thereof. Moreover, Pakistan’s tribal areas are not “conquered lands” as their non-Muslim population has been living there for centuries. These areas were part of the British India and became part of Pakistan as a result of partition.”

The Indian leaders demanded that the Pakistani authorities take earliest steps to retrieve the extorted sums and pay them back to their affected non-Muslim citizens and facilitate their peaceful return to their homes and properties in their traditional homelands and give them all due protection.
Pakistan’s former Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman also called Taliban’s demand of “Jaziya” from Sikhs in the Orakzai Agency a criminal act which must be condemned in no uncertain terms. She condemned eviction of Sikhs from Orakzai Agency saying, “They are Pakistani citizens and enjoy equal rights as Pakistani nationals.”

Courtesy : Arab News

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Its an offense and great discrimination by the Taliban. It must be stopped immediately.Pakistan is home to about 20,000 Sikhs predominately residing in Nankana sahib district of the Punjab Province in Pakistan.They can be found in all districts of Punjab.Lahore was and still is very important for Sikh shrines including the Shrine of Maharajah Ranjit Singh,Gurudwara Pehli Patshahi,Gurudwara Baoli Sahib,Gurudwara Diwan Khana,Gurudwara Bhai Bundhu,Gurudwara Patshahi Chevin,Gurudwara Shikargarh, and many other…Moreover there is about 9 important Gurudwaras in Nankana,Kartarpur Sahib(Narowal) is visible from Kartarpur,India also there is Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal,Rawalpindi District that is very important for Sikhs.This is one of the most holy places of Sikhism because of the presence of a rock believed to have the hand print of Guru Nanak imprinted on it. Twice a year, Sikhs visit this Gurdwara from all over the world.I doubt what is the future of our Sikh brothers in Pakistan.But i am also sure that new generation of Pakistan are enough sensible to address this issue and it is expected they will bring religious harmony in Pakistan.

  2. please let us live peacefully.. treat every one on humanitarian basis not not sikh hindu muslim basis..

    pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    • I wish whole world should understand what conspiracy is being waged against Pakistan… just watched a program on tv revealed that sikhs families have migrated from that area and they are literally sad over this migration.. few of the girls and boys could not appear in exams and women who used to teach in schools are grieved over leaving heir houses..

      Despite the fact they are homeless but still they hope to return home back once situation is settled.

      Pakistan Zindabad

  3. Injustice against Sikhs cannot be tolerated.Sikhs are the most peace loving secular person.Khalsa (?????) was established by Our beloved Guru..Guru Govind Singh,the 10th Guru.The word Khalsa means Pure.Khalsa Dal has not only protected our Hindu masses but also Muslims for centuries.So, its turn to protect them now!…please stop…for god’s sake.
    SATNAAM SRI WAHE GURU!!!
    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa….Wahe guru ji ki fateh!!!

    Koyi Bole Ram Ram, Koyi Khuda
    Koyi Seve Gosain, Koyi Allah
    Kaaran Karan Kareem
    Kirpa Taar Raheem

    ??? ?? ???? ??? ???? ???? ??? ?????? ???? ??? ???? (Dhanasari)
    ??? ????? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????? ?????? ?(Suhi)
    ???? ??? ???? ?????? ???? ??? ???? ?
    ???? ???? ????? ?????? ??? ??? ?? ??? ?(Japji)

  4. Ambraish there are more than 500000 hindus living in Pakistan and it includes Sikh community too. If today its the Sikh Brothers of ours that are being treated as the second citizens, tomorrow its going to be us… if i take your words correct. but no. No offense to your feelings but I am born and bread here I have seen the best of times and a few worst even but i have seen one thing in the general public common and that is the brotherhood. The discrimnation on the basis of religion is one dangerous and who else could know it better than Us the people of Sub-Continent. 1947 may have gone but the people who suffered and the family still remember that time with tears in the eyes. Just Propagandize Peace. WE NEED PEACE AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU, AZHAR, RUBAB, WHOSE WORDS INFLUENCE THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD REALLY ADDRESS THIS ISSUE PROMPTLY AND IN DETAIL. I HOPE TO SEE AND HEAR FROM YOU GUYS ON THIS ONE OF THESE DAYS!!!
    HUMANITY IS THE BIGGEST RELIGION OF THE WORLD AND I PRACTICE THAT. LONG LIVE PEACE, LONG LIVE JUSTICE AND LONG LIVE EQUALITY, BROTHERHOOD AND RESPECT FOR EACHOTHER.
    PEACE

    • Vishal i agree with you Humanity is the biggest religion.. what we need today is tolerance for every religion within and out side.. Sikhs are very peaceful people and they have their sacred places in Pakistan like Nankana Sahib…. they visit here and the ones who resides here are more Pakistanis than me or any other Muslim. problem is not with common people or who thinks.. but problem is with these extremists who hardly can understand the issue…

      They have declared all Pakistanis infidels.. so dont worry it is all scam and game they are following..

  5. Dear Vishal,

    I haven’t said that local masses are responsible for the miserable condition of the Sikh community.Its the extremists who are responsible.I have many Pakistani friends.I know them very well.So,i have also mentioned that local pakistanis are sensible enough.

  6. Don’t you Think Rubab a voice should be raised in favour and in the support of Sikh People, showing our support, commitment and solidarity for them.

    • i am biggest supporter; but i do not want to discriminate .. Pakistanis are Pakistanis regardless of Hindu Muslims, what should be condemned is this extremists elements that’s what i am doing

  7. I have links with Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee…let me see if i can help our brothers in any way!I cannot do anything direvtly …and thats the very unfortubate thing!…Having links with Lahore and gujranwala…i also feel myself to be a proud Pakistani….although i am in India now…left our homeland in 1947.

    • Government is endeavoring to give relief to the migrated sikhs.. Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti has reiterated that the government will ensure the safety of minorities in the country, APP reports.

      ‘The present government believes in the principles of tolerance, human equality and peaceful co-existence,’ the minister said. He was addressing a press conference regarding non-Muslim displaced families in the wake of recent disturbances in Swat, Buner and Orakzai Agency.

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