Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Afghan Sikh and Hindu representatives in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on August 01, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing the needs and solution to the concern and challenges of the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who are living in Afghanistan.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the attendees and once again extended condolence for the loss of the Sikh and Hindu countrymen in the recent attack at Jalalabad City, Nangarhar and stated that the Afghan government is committed to protect the minorities in Afghanistan and the government has already sought ideas and suggestions to arrange proper security measures.

During the meeting, the attendees solicited the government of Afghanistan to register the holy and spiritual places of the Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. In response, the Afghan Ambassador informed them of the same plan which is already agreed by the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan.

The representatives of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in New Delhi also spoke about their concern of not being able to receive Afghan national ID cards (Tazkera) and solicited the Embassy of Afghanistan for assistance. Addressing the concern, Dr. Abdali assured them to facilitate with a panel which will soon travel to India in order to confirm the identities of the Afghan Hindus and Sikhs living in India and provide them with the ID cards accordingly.

It is worth mentioning that Narinder Singh, Avtar Singh’s son has recently been nominated to replace his late father for the Afghan parliament.

 

 

 

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