100s of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are trying to come back to India amidst the thriving terror. Though they are unable to get back as some of them haven’t received their e-visas from the Government of India.
Since, the terrorist attack in Karta-e-Parwan Gurudwara, Kabul on June 18, the situation has been ignitable. 2 out of the 18 Afghan Sikhs (including the priest of the shrine) who were inside the Gurudwara died.
The attack was however claimed by the Islamic State- Khorasan Province(ISKP). They cited that reason behind the attack was over the remarks about the Prophet of Islam.
Since then 66 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were evacuated to India. The process was carried out in Four patches. None of the Gurdwaras’ have had any visitors after the heart-wrenching incident.
Gurnam Singh Rajwanshi who is the President of the Gurdwara Management Committee, Kabul, was evacuated along with five of his family members. Momentarily, his son is still stuck in Kabul as he awaits his e-visa.
Agonizing situation of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus
People urged the government of India to help the minority community who resided in the Taliban-led country. 28 of them still didn’t get their e-visa, consisting of women and children. Because of this, It makes it highly difficult for 100s of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to leave any of their family members behind.
“We were born in that country (Afghanistan), we grew up there, we have our houses there but we cannot even imagine going back to that place again,” Gurnam Singh added. The evacuation process has been extensive. The said place has been under a threat from IS
Raghujit Singh, senior vice president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar said, “The evacuees have very basic demands such as shelter and education for their children. We are looking into how the demands can be met”
The Taliban that has been running Afghanistan affirmed that strict actions have been taken against ISKP. The latter has successfully carried out a number of spectacular attacks.