Afghanistan Sikhs and Hindu seek help from India

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New Delhi: Almost 180 Afghan-originated Sikhs and Hindus are looking to the Union Government for their safe evacuation from Afghanistan.

Vikramjit Singh Sahney, World Punjabi Organisation president said that the evacuation plan will be planned out in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“We are in touch with the MEA and the remaining Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. The evacuation plan can be a possibility in the next 10 days or so. An IAF plane is being arranged,” he said. Sahney has also offered a private flight evacuation plan if the IAF plane couldn’t be arranged due to any reason.

After a conversation between Deepak Mittal, Indian Ambassador to Qatar and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the chief of Taliban’s political office in Doha- the Taliban representatives in Kabul have assured Afghanistan’s Sikhs and Hindus that they will be permitted to visit India as soon as the Kabul International Airport is operational.

A Sikh teacher in Kabul said that he desired to visit Gurdwara Sri Arjan Dev in Mahavir Nagar, New Delhi in a ‘jatha’, an armed band of Sikhs to attend the 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur. The Taliban leaders have assured them a safe passage to India.

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