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Pakistani archbishop laments Taliban tax on non-Muslims

Catholic World News - March 01, 2010

Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore has denounced government indifference to the persecution of Christians, Hindus, and Sikhs in Pakistan, an indifference that has allowed the Taliban to impose the jazia (a tax on non-Muslims) in certain areas.

Lamenting the “frequent incidents of violence [and] crime posing grave threat to the life, liberty, and property of the members of religious minorities in the country,” Archbishop Saldanha said that “the government should protect the religious minorities on priority, as they happen to be one of the most vulnerable groups to social and organized crimes.”

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