The Sikh community living in Afghanistan is considering returning to India after the death of at least 13 members in the terrorist attack in Jalalabad on Sunday. According to the Economic Times report, some members of the community have sought shelter after attack in the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad. The victims of this attack included the only Sikh candidate Avtar Singh Khalsa and a key community worker Raval Singh for the parliamentary elections to be held in October.
- The Sikh community in Afghanistan considering to return India after attack.
- India has issued unlimited visas to Sikh and Hindu communities of Afghanistan.
- Indian leaders have strongly condemned the terror attack in Afghanistan.
India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar had met the Sikh group community who were attacked on Sunday. While the Indian government is helping the last rites of Sikhs killed in the blasts. At present there are less than 300 Sikh families in Afghanistan. But there were about 250,000 Sikhs and Hindus before 1990.
India has issued long-term visas to Sikh and Hindu communities of Afghanistan and they can live indefinitely in India. But some members of the Sikh community are still not planning to leave Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday strongly condemned the attack. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Punjab Chief Minister CaptainAmarinder Singh also expressed her condolences to the families of the victims
We strongly condemn the terror attacks in Afghanistan yesterday. They are an attack on Afghanistan's multicultural fabric. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover soon. India stands ready to assist the Afghanistan government in this sad hour.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 2, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan. We are with them in this hour of tragedy.
I am meeting their relatives today at 6 pm in JN Bhavan.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2018
Strongly condemn deadly attack by ISI on delegation of Sikhs & others on way to meet Afghan president. Let global community rise in one voice against barbaric forces of terror & vow to wipe out the menace from the world. My govt extends all help to the victims & their families.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 1, 2018
India has invested in several development projects in Afghanistan. In May this year, several Indian engineers were arrested in the northern province of Baghlan.
During the Taliban regime, it was said to identify minority Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. The minority Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan were told to wear yellow armbands. Experts believe that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI asked the Taliban to target the Sikh community in Afghanistan. In Pakistan too minority Sikh and Hindu community is constantly attacked by the Taliban under influence of Pakistan ISI.