Taliban rescues kidnapped Pak Sikhs
Attar Singh and Sehra Singh's kidnappers will be publicly hang by the by the local Taliban and religious scholars on Monday to “discourage crimes” in the region.world Updated: Apr 28, 2008 01:35 IST
Two Sikhs, who were abducted from a district in Pakistan’s restive North West Frontier Province, have been rescued by the local Taliban and religious scholars, who decided to publicly hang their nine kidnappers on Monday to “discourage crimes” in the region.
Attar Singh and Sehra Singh were kidnapped by a group of criminals from Dowaba in Hangu district. They were freed on Saturday after the intervention of local Taliban, religious scholars and tribal elders, The News reported.
Members of a tribal jirga or council of elders took the two Sikhs back to their homes.
Sources told the daily that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and local council of clerics had taken nine kidnappers into their custody. One kidnapper was also killed by the Taliban.
A jirga of religious scholars and local Taliban held at Khadezai area of nearby Aurakzai Agency decided to publicly hang the kidnappers tomorrow to “discourage crimes in the area”.
Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the Sikhs were taken by their kidnappers from Dowaba in Hangu to Baghu in Aurakzai Agency. The Taliban then conducted an operation on Saturday to release them, he said.
Omar said one of the kidnappers was killed during the operation while their leader, Ghani, was apprehended.
The kidnappers will be punished in accordance with Islamic injunctions and operations by the Taliban against anti-social elements will continue in the Aurakzai Agency, he said.
North West Frontier Province has a small population of Sikhs and members of the minority community run several businesses in the provincial capital Peshawar.