Sikhs, Hindus ‘endangered minorities’ in Afghanistan: US House

Washington, August 18

Describing Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan as “endangered minorities”, a decision launched within the US Congress has sought to resettle these persecuted non secular communities from the war-torn nation to America.

Introduced within the House of Representatives final week by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and co-sponsored by seven others, the decision helps refugee safety for Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, noting the “systematic religious persecution, discrimination and existential danger” confronted by the members of those communities.

“Sikhs and Hindus are indigenous but endangered minorities in Afghanistan, numbering approximately 700 out of a community that recently included over 8,000 members,” the decision said. The decision helps resettling Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan within the US underneath the United States Refugee Admissions Programme pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The decision condemns terrorist assaults and spiritual persecution within the war-ravaged nation. — PTI

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