Taliban cease 72 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus from boarding IAF aircraft


The Taliban are learnt to have stopped a batch of 72 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, together with two minority members of Afghanistan parliament, from boarding an IAF aircraft and sending them again from Kabul airport Saturday.

In search of evacuation to India, this primary batch of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus had been ready outdoors the airport for over 12 hours since Friday, president of World Punjabi Organisation (WPO) Vikramjit Singh Sahney instructed The Indian Specific.

“Taliban fighters stopped them from boarding the IAF aircraft and stated that since they’re Afghans, they have to return. Now the group has safely returned to Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh ji Karte Parwan in Kabul,” stated Sahney, including that minority MPs Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honoryar have been part of the group.

“They have been to board together with practically 80 Indian residents,” stated Sahney. “Now the one option to evacuate Afghan Sikhs and Hindus is to barter with the Taliban and inform them that Sikhs want to go to India for the 400th delivery anniversary celebrations of Guru Teg Bahadur ji later this yr.”

Because the Taliban takeover, a bunch of 280 Afghan Sikhs and 30-40 Hindus have taken shelter at Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. Additionally they held two conferences with Taliban representatives who assured them of ‘peace and security’ and stated that they needn’t depart the nation.

Nevertheless, since March 25,2020, when at the very least 25 Sikhs have been killed after an Islamic State (IS) gunman allegedly stormed the Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib in Kabul and opened hearth, members of each minority communities have been urging the governments of India and Canada to evacuate them from Afghanistan.

Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are nationals of Afghanistan who maintain passports of the war-torn nation. They arrive to India on Lengthy Time period Visas however the households, who’re financially weak, favor to remain in that nation as their sources of livelihood are primarily within the cities of Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni.

On the time of the Kabul Gurdwara assault in 2020, there have been lower than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. Since then, at the very least 400 of them have migrated to India. As soon as a rustic which had over one lakh Sikhs and Hindus, members of those communities left Afghanistan after the Mujahideen took over in 1992.