Punjab Research Group

Dilemma for Sikhs who escaped tribal areas

Posted in Articles by Pippa on July 22, 2009

July 19, 2009 Isambard Wilkinson, Foreign Correspondent

HASANABDAL, PAKISTAN // The Sikh community of north-western Pakistan faces an uncertain future after fleeing fighting between security forces and the Taliban.

Sikhs from across the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and the tribal areas have taken refuge over the past three months within the high walls of Hasanabdal’s Gurdwara Panja Sahib, one of the most sacred temples in Sikhism.

Reeva Kor, a mother of three children and one of 3,000 Sikhs who has made the shrine a temporary home, comes from Buner, the district into which militants encroached from neighbouring Swat valley after flouting a peace agreement they had struck with the government.


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