Short-term visa for Sikh Afghan family, arrives in Delhi

By Rajan Nath -- July 26, 2020 5:07 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Eleven members of a Sikh family from Afghanistan arrived in Delhi on Sunday after they were granted a short-term visa by the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Earlier this week, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, while responding to questions on whether there were any plans to give the Afghan Sikhs and Hindu citizenship, had said that some incidents were reported regarding attacks on the Hindu and Sikh communities in Afghanistan by militants in assistance with the external supporters.

The government of India has been receiving several requests from members of Hindu and Sikh communities that they want to get settled here in India. Meanwhile, India has been facilitating them despite the coronavirus crisis, Srivastava said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DGSMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for making it happen.

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He took to Twitter and wrote: "Welcomed First batch of Afghan Sikh families who faced persecution & terror attacks there & are now given shelter in India. Even Nidan Singh Sachdeva who was abducted earlier in Afghanistan reached Delhi by a special flight."

-PTC News