Monday, April 02, 2007

Nankana Sahib in Pakistan's Civil War??

I just read an article at The Fourth Rail discussing the civil war taking place inside Pakistan today.  Basically, the article discusses the Talibanization of Pakistan and the forces that want to implement Sharia (islamic) law in Pakistan.

This would be the same Islamic law that Aurangzeb and the Mughals tried to enforce over all of India and especially Punjab. Sikhs are fully aware of what Sharia law entails and means. It is an oppressive system against any non-Muslims and against Muslims who happen to be female or not the majority Muslim sect (ie: Shiites/ Shia will be big losers under a Sunni Sharia system).

Sikhs Gurus and citizens were martyred for standing up against confiscatory taxation and injustices (such as murder, rape, kidnap, looting, etc...) committed against Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike.

I have to wonder what the status of Sikh religious places will be under a Taliban style government or in a lawless state?  I suppose we can look at Taliban Afghanistan for clues - inordinate taxation (protection money), fear, having to wear visible yellow cloth to denote non-muslim status, etc...

With Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Gurdwaras and religious places in Pakistan, the Sikh community needs to have a plan in place to protect its religious places. No other non-Muslim community stands to lose more if Pakistani Taliban arise to take over that country.

Here's a link to the article, read it all.

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