Indian Muslim bodies criticise ‘jazia’ on Pak Sikhs

New Delhi: May 3, 2009. (PCP report) “Pakistani Taliban’s treatment of Sikhs in tribal areas is illegal and barbaric” says a statement issued here to day signed by Maulana Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid Fatehpuri, Delhi, Hafiz Muhammad Yahya President, All India Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees, Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind, Syed Shahabuddin Former PM & ex-President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Prof Tahir Mahmood Member Law Commission of India, Mujtaba Farooq Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind, Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi President, Shah Waliullah Institute, Delhi, Maulana Waris Mazhari Editor, Monthly Tarjuman, Delhi, Dr Zafar Mahmood President, Zakat Foundation of India, Dr SQR Ilyas Member, Muslim Personal Law Board, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Mirza Yawar Baig President of Yawar Baig & Associates, Shahnawaz Ali Raihan Secretary, Students Islamic Organisation

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 Taliban’s kidnapping, extortion of huge amounts of money from their Sikh compatriots as “Jizya” and demolition of the houses and shops of those who fail to pay the demanded sums.
We regard this as an act of injustice incompatible with the letter and spirit of Islam and the international covenants accepted by all Muslim states.

We demand that the Pakistani authorities must 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.
- PCP, May 6, 2009

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