Islamabad, June 28: The Taliban has demanded six million rupees as 'Jaziya' from Hindus residing in the Battagram district of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
According to sources, an unidentified Taliban insurgent called a Hindu leader of the region, Dr. Parkas, and asked him to collect six million rupees as 'Jaziya' from all the Hindus of the region.
However, officials have still not confirmed the reports, and said that they are investigating the matter.
"I doubt the call was made by Taliban as in some cases people use fake identity to settle personal scores," The News quoted the DPO Battagram, Sohail Khalid, as saying.
Khalid revealed that similar threat calls have also been received by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other people in the region.