Will facilitate request for ‘permanent settlement’ by Sikhs, Hindus who arrived from Afghanistan as per guidelines: MEA


New Delhi, July 30

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday mentioned the request of members of Sikh and Hindu communities, who arrived right here from Afghanistan earlier this week, for everlasting settlement in India can be examined and facilitated as per current guidelines and insurance policies.

MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava additionally mentioned that other than those that returned, the ministry was in contact with others who wish to return from Afghanistan and would facilitate their return.

Eleven members of minority communities of Afghanistan, together with a Sikh neighborhood chief who was kidnapped and later launched, arrived right here on Sunday after India granted them visas and facilitated their journey.

Nidan Singh Sachdeva, who was launched from captivity on July 18, was amongst those that reached Delhi on Sunday.

Sachdeva, a Sikh neighborhood chief of Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Paktia province final month.

Asked if these minorities who arrived from Afghanistan will likely be granted citizenship, Srivastava mentioned, “I had said last week how there has been a recent spurt of attacks on minorities in Afghanistan, belonging to the Hindu and Sikh communities. I had also described how it has been done by terrorists at the behest of their external supporters.”            

“Our mission in Kabul, despite the COVID situation, facilitated the visas for the return of the first group which arrived here,” Srivastava mentioned.

Their trigger for everlasting settlement will likely be examined and facilitated as per current guidelines and insurance policies, he mentioned.

Asked in regards to the India-Nepal border challenge, he mentioned he has made India’s place clear and there was nothing so as to add.

Srivastava additionally mentioned there was no replace on the Kerala gold smuggling case.

Asked about Kuwait’s journey ban which incorporates folks coming from India, he mentioned the ban is just not particular to Indian nationals and was there as a part of restrictions on journey because of the COVID-19 state of affairs.

The civil aviation authorities are holding discussions to work out associated preparations at this time limit, Srivastava mentioned. PTI

 



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