Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Paramjit Singh Sama, President, Harvidner Singh Sarma, Secretary-General and a number of authorities of Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (SADD) in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on July 6, 2018.

The aim of the meeting was to seek protection of the Afghan and Sikh communities in Afghanistan.

Welcoming the SADD authorities, Ambassador Abdali spoke about the old-aged historical and cultural relations between India and Afghanistan and stated that these relations are based on values that are shared between the people of both the nations. Dr. Abdali further stated that Afghanistan, with diverse cultural and religious values won’t let anyone to refract its unity.

The Afghan Ambassador praised the role of the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan historically and added: “Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan have also played a noticeable role in boosting the Afghan economy.

During the meeting, the SADD authorities sought from the government of Afghanistan to help the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan and allow another representative to run for the parliamentarian elections. Extending condolence to the attendees, over the loss of Awtar Singh including 16 Sikh and Hindu Afghans, the Afghan Ambassador assured them of Afghan government’s efforts in order to get a representative for the Sikh and Hindu community to run for the upcoming Afghan Parliamentarian elections.

The SADD authorities also sought for the protection of the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan, in response, the Afghan Ambassador vouched the Afghan government’s plans of protecting the minor communities in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Ambassador stressed over the significance of the unity of India and Afghanistan in order to fight the common enemy, which is terrorism.

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India extended his condolences for the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans in a recent attack in Afghanistan. He participated in a gathering held in Guru Arjan Dev Ji Kabuli Gurdwara, New Delhi on July 4, 2018.

In his remarks, the Afghan Ambassador expressed his sorrow over the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans including Awtar Singh, the representative of the Sikh and Hindu community in  Afghanistan and the candidature to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. He further stated that “Late Awtar Singh wasn’t only representing the Sikh and Hindu communities in the country, but was the representative of the whole country.”

 Reflecting on the personality of Awtar Singh, the Afghan Ambassador termed him a true Afghan, a hero and a real patriot whose path will be followed by all other Afghans.

Dr. Abdali called upon the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan to choose another representative in order to replace Awtar Singh to run for the Afghan parliament.

This gathering was also attended by Afghan diplomats and the Indian government officials.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi hosted an Iftar dinner in Gandahara Hall of the Embassy on June 8, 2018.

This dinner was attended by members of diplomatic corps, Ambassadors of Islamic countries, and Indian government officials including academics from both Afghanistan and India.

After a welcome by the Afghan Ambassador, the guests performed the evening prayer and were later on invited for the Iftar. The guests were treated with the Afghan and Indian cuisines over the dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India spoke at the valedictory ceremony of 7th International Olympiad of Amity University, Noida as a Guest of Honour on May 26, 2018.

Amity Institute for Competitive Examinations & Amity Centre for Science Olympiads (ACSO) had conducted its 7th Amity International Olympiad for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.

Including students from Russia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Romania and Laos, the Olympiad this year witnessed the participation of about 200 Afghan school children who won 13 gold, 20 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Thanking the organizers for the event, the Afghan Ambassador stressed upon the significance of education in today’s world and especially for the young generation of Afghanistan and stated that such events will help in expediting the learning process for the students.

This Olympiad was participated by Ambassador of Turkmenistan to India and diplomats from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan including authorities from the Ministry of Defence, India.

At the end the students with brilliant results were awarded with prizes and certificates by the guests of the event.