MEA facilitates journey of 11 Sikhs, Hindus from Afghanistan to India

New Delhi, July 26

Around 11 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.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned Nidan Singh Sachdeva, who was launched from captivity on July 18, is amongst those that reached Delhi on Sunday.

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

“Around 11 members, belonging to the Sikh and Hindu minority community of Afghanistan, arrived in India today,” the MEA mentioned in an announcement.

India has granted applicable visa and facilitated their journey to India, it mentioned.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in extending necessary support for the safe return of these families,” the MEA mentioned.

Asked how India is facilitating Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan wanting to come back and had been there any plans to offer them citizenship, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had final week mentioned, “There has been a recent spurt of attacks on the Hindu and Sikh communities in Afghanistan and these attacks have been done by terrorists at the behest of their external supporters.”     

“We have been receiving requests from the members of these communities. They want to move to India, they want to settle down here, and despite the ongoing COVID situation, we are facilitating these requests,” he had mentioned at a weekly briefing.

The Indian Embassy in Kabul is offering them needed visas to come back right here and as soon as they attain right here, their requests might be examined and acted upon primarily based on present guidelines and insurance policies, Srivastava had mentioned. PTI

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