Pakistani Taliban behead 2 Sikhs

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Pakistani Taliban behead 2 Sikhs - Pakistan - World - The Times of India

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: Two Sikhs who were kidnapped over a month back have been beheaded by the Pakistani Taliban in the country's restive tribal belt in a brutal act by the militants.

Some more members of the minority community are still in the custody of the rebels.

The body of Jaspal Singh was found in the Khyber tribal region, located a short distance from the provincial capital of Peshawar, while the body of Mahal Singh was found in the Aurakzai Agency, sources said on Sunday night

There was confusion about the total number of Sikhs who were kidnapped for ransom from the Bara area of Khyber Agency by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. A source said four Sikhs were abducted while another report said the total number of kidnapped persons was six.

The Sikhs were kidnapped 34 days ago and the Taliban had demanded Rs 30 million as ransom for their release. Two of the kidnapped Sikhs were beheaded after the expiry of the deadline for the payment of the ransom, sources said.

Gurvinder Singh and Gurjit Singh are still in the custody of the militants, sources said.

The kidnapping occurred in an area where there the government has virtually no control and the militants are in a dominant position, sources said.

A sizeable number of Sikhs lived in the tribal belt, particularly Aurakzai Agency, till the Taliban imposed 'jiziya' or religious tax on them last year. Most members of the community then fled to cities across Pakistan.
 

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In a state like Pakistan, the minorities are always living on borrowed time. Thre can be no rule of law in countries like the IRP it seems.
 

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I am surprised that the Taliban was able to find two sikhs with heads to behead!! Why were Hindus not beheaded? Were there no hindus left to behead?
 

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I think in that area, there are more Sikhs than Hindus.

Anyway, it is more of a terrorist act (for ransom and spreading terror among minorities).
 

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I think in that area, there are more Sikhs than Hindus.

Anyway, it is more of a terrorist act (for ransom and spreading terror among minorities).
i can say pakistan days are numbered becauses god is watching al type of sins ,any time it may implode.
 

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That's "good taliban" for you. When it doesn't spare Muslim lives, minorities' safety is a far cry. I hope minorities move towards more urban areas.
 

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^^ That is only moving from the fire to a frying pan.

The basic issue is that minorities are constitutionally discriminated in such countries and it is only a question of time before they are persecuted or killed.

On top of this is the non existent law and order and you have a deadly mix.
 

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That's "good taliban" for you. When it doesn't spare Muslim lives, minorities' safety is a far cry. I hope minorities move towards more urban areas.
Yep, thats the good taliban that only kills the impure infidels. The bad taliban kill even the munafiqs, shias, ahmediyyas..etc.
 

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RAW-TTP nexus in Sikhs’ killing exposed

Saturday, March 20, 2010
ISLAMABAD: The intelligence agencies have found clues about involvement of Indian Intelligence Agency RAW with collaboration of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in recent abduction and murder of two Sikhs, Jaspal Singh and Mahnan Singh, in tribal areas.

The report to this effect have also been handed over to President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the military leadership, intelligence sources informed Online on Friday.

The intelligence agencies, in their report, informed the country’s civil and military leadership that there were about 25,000 Sikhs living in different parts of Pakistan and Indian propaganda is giving a fillip to the minority welfare officials to exploit the insecurity of Sikhs in Pakistan

The recent abduction and killing of two Sikhs, Jaspal Singh and Mahnan Singh, by miscreants on February 21, 2010 is speculated as a co-planned activity of the RAW and the TTP, the report said. Earlier, there had been reports regarding involvement and presence of RAW agents in the rank and file of the TTP fighting in Swat.

Indian weapons and equipment was recovered during operations in Swat and Waziristan, which implied RAW’s involvement. In the report, it is said that RAW is endeavoring to shift the global focus from homegrown Maoist rebels’ activities to Sikhs’ movement.

“This is augmented with the perception that India in most of the cases plans to implicate the ISI in Punjab fiasco since RAW miserably failed in halting the Maoists’ movement”, it added.

The intelligence agencies in their report said that former incidents and episodes clearly indicated that RAW usually floated alerts with vested interests of creating panic and gearing up the blame game against Pakistan despite the fact that India, a number of times, got embarrassed globally.

The report said that two Sikhs, who were abducted from Tehsil Bara, Peshawar, by miscreants around a month back for a huge ransom were neither rich nor prominent, therefore, their abduction for ransom appeared very strange. “As a matter of fact, the Indian rhetoric and blame game against Pakistan for official patronage of terrorist outfits, who are believed to be working against India, has increased besides Indian efforts to convince international community that Pakistan is using terror as state policy against India”, it added.

“Indian efforts of implicating the ISI in the past and recently trying to establish links of serving/retired Pakistan Army officers for their involvement in Mumbai attacks is part of the same agenda,” it added.

On the other hand, recent recovery of two abducted Sikhs (Ranjit Singh and Mahindar Singh) by security forces from the captivity of miscreants during an operation in Chapri Ferozkhel, Khyber-Orakzai remote areas, reflects Pakistan’s sincere efforts for respect of minorities.

According to the report, the source said, as whole, the current incidents of abduction/killing of Sikhs appeared to be a co-planned activity (TTP and RAW), which could certainly accrue international criticism if not addressed appropriately.
 

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