Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 18
India has thanked the Afghan authorities for the protected return of kidnapped Sikh Nidan Singh Sachdeva and has determined to facilitate the return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh neighborhood members going through safety threats in Afghanistan to India, stated the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in an announcement.
There are about 1,000 Sikh and Hindus left in Afghanistan and the sense of insecurity was heightened after their bloodbath in Gurdwara Guru Har Rai in Kabul in May this 12 months. At that point too, India had supplied all potential help to the affected households of the Hindu and Sikh neighborhood of Afghanistan.
Nidan Singh, a pacesetter of the Hindu and Sikh Community of Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Chamkani district of Paktia province on June 22. The MEA stated in an announcement, “We convey our appreciation to the Government of Afghanistan and tribal elders from the area, whose efforts secured the return of Nidan Singh. The targeting and persecution of minority community members by terrorists at the behest of their external supporters remains a matter of grave concern.”
Nidan Singh was an Afghan who had moved to India for some years after the Taliban gained ascendancy within the early 90s. Working at odd jobs in India, it’s not clear how and by whom Nidan Singh was requested to return and man Gurdwara Tala Sahib in Afghanistan’s Paktia Province close to the border with Pakistan. The wider area known as “Loya Paktia” has been a Mujahideen after which TalibanHaqqani Group stronghold for the reason that early 1980s.
Sources stated he was the one individual chargeable for the maintenance of the Gurdwara the place Guru Nanak was reported to have visited.
India and different international locations are fearful over the narrowing of house for Sikh and Hindu minorities ever since US-Taliban talks bought into excessive gear and India excluded itself from establishing contacts with the rebel group. India has condemned Nidan Singh’s abduction and the federal government is hoping the Afghan authorities will be capable of safe protected and early launch of Nidan Singh.
Soon after the May 15 bloodbath on the Kabul Gurdwara, former US Vice President Joe Biden had promised to boost the annual international refugee admissions cap to 1.25 lakh if he received the November US Presidential elections. Implicit was the reassurance that a few of the quota could be for Afghanistan’s embattled Sikh neighborhood.