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Afghanistan: 'Over 260 Afghan Sikhs in Kabul gurdwara await evacuation'

So far, only India has come forward for the evacuation of Afghan Sikhs following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban

By Rajan Nath -- August 23, 2021 10:10 am -- Updated:August 23, 2021 10:15 am

Afghanistan-Taliban News: Over 260 Sikhs, who are taking shelter at Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul, need help in their evacuation, a US Sikh body said on Sunday.

United Sikhs said in a statement that there have been more than 260 Afghan citizens who have taken shelter at Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul. Among 260 citizens are women and over 50 children including three newborns with one born on Saturday.

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The United Sikhs said that it was in conversation with governments in the United States, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Tajikistan, Iran, and the United Kingdom among others.

“We are in communication with international aid agencies and non-governmental organisations to support rescue efforts in Afghanistan, it said, adding that "our teams were communicating with companies that can execute rescue efforts on the ground in the country."

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According to the United Sikhs, one of the biggest challenges in the rescue efforts is the 10-kilometer drive to the international airport in Kabul from Gurdwara Karte Parwan through various checkpoints.

Surbeer Singh from Jalalabad who has taken refuge at the Gurdwara said that they were ready to go to the airport, but they were worried about the cancellation of evacuation flights from the Kabul airport.

This was their only chance to take out the women, children, elderly, and infants from the country, it said further.

-PTC News

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