Pakistani Sikh, Christian acknowledged as tribal elders
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Pakistani authorities have recognised two members of religious minorities, a Sikh and a Christian, as tribal leaders in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This will allow members of the two minority groups, about 30,000 people, to press for their social, educational, and health rights.
Wilson Wazir Masih, a Christian and Gormeet Singh, a Sikh, both are now ‘malik, a Pashto term that means ‘tribal elder’. This entitles them to a government salary, but above it allows them to participate in the jirga (local councils) to settle disputes or hear petition brought