Eleven members of Afghanistan’s Sikh community, who were granted short-term visas by the Indian embassy in Kabul, including Nidan Singh Sachdeva, who was abducted from a gurdwara in Paktia province last month, in New Delhi on Sunday morning Went into hiding
The Ministry of External Affairs recently announced that India has decided to facilitate the return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members facing security threats in Afghanistan.
The decision comes four months after an Islamic State-backed attack at a gurdwara in Shor Bazaar in Kabul in which at least 25 members of the community were killed.
India has condemned the “targeting and harassment” of members of the minority community by militants in Afghanistan at the behest of its external supporters which is a matter of grave concern.
Leaders of the Afghan Sikh community have appealed to the Indian government to accommodate Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan and provide them legal entry with long-term residency.
Once a community of about 250,000 people, the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan have endured discrimination and violence from extremists, and the community is now estimated to include less than 100 families across the country.