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Sikh families leave Orakzai after Taliban demand jizia

Sikh families leave Orakzai after Taliban demand jizia

Author: Abdul Saboor Khan
Publication: Daily Times
Date: April 15, 2009
URL: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C04%5C15%5Cstory_15-4-2009_pg7_5

Sikh families living in Orakzai Agency have left the agency after the Taliban demanded Rs 50 million as jizia (tax) from them, official sources and locals said on Tuesday.

Residents of Ferozekhel area in Lower Orakzai Agency told Daily Times on Tuesday that around 10 Sikh families left the agency after the demand by the Taliban, who said they were a minority and liable to pay the tax for living in the area in accordance with sharia.

Locals said the Taliban had notified the Sikh families about the 'tax' around a week ago. They said of the 15 Sikh families in Ferozekhel, 10 had shifted while the remaining were preparing to do so.

The locals said the families were impoverished and had left the area to avoid any Taliban action.

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