To commemorate the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans in latest attack in Afghanistan, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with the elders and representatives of Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Prem Singh Chandumajra members of the Indian Parliament and Manjit Singh, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on July 3, 2018.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador conveyed his grief and sorrow over the loss of 16 Sikh and one Hindu Afghans including Awtar Singh, the Sikh Parliamentary candidate in the recent suicide attack in Jalalabad City, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

Terming the Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities as one of the pillars of the deep rooted and historical relations between India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador added: “We all are the victims of terrorism and we share the same pain and enemy. This attack was an attack on diversity and unity of Afghan communities and in order to preserve this unity and diversity, we need to fight our common enemy; terrorism together.”

Remembering Awtar Singh, Dr. Abdali said he was a real patriot and representative of the whole country. His only wish was to help in bringing peace and stability to his country, Afghanistan. “This is a legacy for us and we all need to follow his path”, added the Afghan Ambassador.

During the meeting, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu representatives also shared their problems and challenges they are faced with in Afghanistan which were addressed by the Afghan Ambassador. Dr. Abdali vowed to share these concerns with the government of Afghanistan in order to take necessary action upon the same.

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