MEMORANDUM TO MR. MOHSIN RAZI May 6, 2009
CONSUL GENERAL OF PAKISTAN
Mr. Mohsin Razi
Consul General of Pakistan
12 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
Sub: Protest Against Atrocities on Sikhs in Pakistan
Hon. Mohsin Razi:
We, the undersigned, living in New York are highly perturbed and deeply disturbed at the atrocities perpetrated on our Sikh brothers in Pakistan.
It is a matter of great regret and shame that our Sikh brothers in Pakistan were targeted by Taliban to pay $50 million as religious tax (Jazia). When they refused to pay the Jazia, their houses were ransacked, looted and blown to bits. They were terrorized and warned that they would be killed if they did not pay the tax.
We consider this as an egregious violation of human rights. Because of threat to their lives, 150 Sikh families have moved from Buner, Swat and Aurakzai Agency to Rawalpindi, Lahore and other parts of the country.
State Department spokesman Robert Wood has described Taliban as “ruthless killers”. We are very anguished to note that Government of Pakistan has so far taken no action to bring the culprits to the book. We condemn Pakistan government’s deliberate connivance at criminal activities by Taliban towards our Sikh brothers.
We would also bring to your attention that last month a group of 35 Hindu people crossed over to India and sought Government of India’s permission to stay in India because they could not take the harassment and barbarities of Taliban.
Sikhs have been living in Pakistan under subhuman conditions. In 2007, Jihad Watch had reported that an 18th Century Sikh Gurudwara in Lahore was taken over by a Muslim group and converted into a mosque.
Hence, we urge you to kindly bring to the attention of Government of Pakistan our distress and apprehension, and ensure safety and security of our Sikh brothers in Pakistan.
Very truly yours,
Indian American Intellectuals Forum, New York
Bhupinder Singh Bhurji
Chairman and CEO
Namdhari Sikh Foundation, New York