No less than 72 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, together with two Members of Parliament representing the minority neighborhood, have been stopped by the Taliban from boarding an IAF plane, and returned from the Kabul airport Saturday.
Vikramjit Singh Sahney, president of the World Punjabi Group (WPO), instructed The Sunday Specific that this batch of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, hoping to be evacuated to India together with 80 Indian nationals, had been ready outdoors the airport for over 12 hours since Friday.
The WPO, along with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee (DSGMC), has been coordinating with the Authorities of India for evacuation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who’re Afghan nationals and carry their nation’s passports.
“Taliban fighters stopped them from boarding the IAF airplane and stated since they’re Afghans, they have to return. Now the group has safely returned to Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singhji Karte Parwan in Kabul,” Sahney stated.
Two minority MPs, Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, have been a part of the group that was made to return from the airport by the Taliban. “Each our MPs have threats to their lives since they’re pro-government. They’ve been taken to a secure place,” a Sikh neighborhood member from Kabul stated.
“Now the one approach that appears attainable to evacuate the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus is to barter with the Taliban, and inform them that Sikhs want to go to India for the continuing four-hundredth start anniversary celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadurji,” Sahney stated.
A pacesetter of the Sikh neighborhood, talking from Kabul, too stated: “We don’t know what lies forward. Possibly, we’ll now negotiate with the Taliban to allow us to go to India for the four-hundredth start anniversary celebrations of Guru Tegh Bahadur.”
A senior official of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Administration Committee stated that so much occurred all of Friday evening earlier than the Taliban turned away the group from the airport.
“We tried our greatest, coordinated with the federal government, and the group sat outdoors the airport the whole evening however they have been despatched again to the gurdwara,” he stated.
From the time the Taliban took over, a bunch of 280 Afghan Sikhs and 30-40 Hindus have taken shelter on the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. They’ve held two conferences with Taliban representatives who assured them of “peace and security” and instructed them that they needn’t go away the nation.
Ever since March 25, 2020, when a minimum of 25 Sikhs have been killed after an Islamic State gunman allegedly stormed the Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib in Kabul and opened hearth, Afghan Sikhs and Hindus have been urging the governments of India, Canada and others to evacuate them from Afghanistan.
Carrying Afghan passports, they arrive to India on Lengthy Time period Visas however households financially weak want to stay in Afghanistan the place many run chemist outlets and rely on different sources of livelihood, primarily in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni.
There have been lower than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan on the time of the 2020 gurdwara assault. Since then, a minimum of 400 of them have migrated to India in batches. As soon as a rustic with over one lakh Sikhs and Hindus, Afghanistan noticed an exodus after the mujahideen took over in 1992.