» 06/04/2009, 00.00
Christians, Hindus and Sikhs forced to pay the Taliban “protection” money
Non-Muslims in villages along the northern Afghan-Pakistani border are forced to pay the jizya. Lashkar-e-Islam wants a thousand rupee per adult male to allow non-Muslims to live there with the right to travel. In Orakzai area the Taliban take over two stores and various houses owned by Sikhs. Some families are forced to pay up to 20 million rupees in order to stay.
Pakistani Catholic leaders come out against the Taliban and the imposition of the jizya
Tax on non-Muslims is a threat that violates basic human rights. In tribal areas near the border with Afghanistan more than 700 non-Muslim families are persecuted and forced to pay. Federal Religious Minorities minister strongly condemns the tax, pledges help for the victims.
16/07/2016 14:01:00 PAKISTAN
For the first time two members of religious minorities acknowledged as tribal elders
Wilson Wazir Masih, a Christian, and Gormeet Singh, a Sikh, have become maliks, tribal elders. They represent some 30,000 people who can now legally press for their social, education, and health rights.
06/03/2017 18:38:00 PAKISTAN
Pakistan Christian leaders call for a new province in tribal areas
Federal authorities decided to join seven tribal areas to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. British-era rules are still enforced in the area. The government plans to invest a billion dollars. For Lutheran bishop, “locals have been neglected” and “it will be long time before they truly understand the notion of nation”.
Hindus and Sikhs threatened by the Taliban and Sharia
Members of minority groups must either pay ‘jizya’ for protection or leave. All women, even the elderly, cannot go out alone and have to wear a burqa. Men must wear a beard and a head cap. Hundreds of Sikh and Hindu families have already emigrated.
26/09/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
For Paul Bhatti, Christian leader's death in prison is unsettling, state should protect citizens
For the APMA president and former Minister, the authorities have a duty to protect people and ensure the safety of those on trial. The killing in cell is a sign of the government's weakness, and its failure to enforce the law. He calls for Christians and Muslims to "join forces" to save Pakistan.
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