SGPC: 110 Sikhs in Afghanistan desperate to come to India
A day after former cricketer and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Harbhajan Singh, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said on Thursday that at least 110 Afghan Sikhs in Afghanistan are eagerly waiting to come to India and 60 of them are yet to receive their E-Visa not received. Demanded the transfer of Sikhs and Hindus from the Taliban controlled country to India.
“Twenty-eight Afghan Sikhs have been evacuated on Wednesday and are currently staying at Gurdwara Sri Guru Arjan Dev in Tilak Nagar. They will soon be provided accommodation facility by the Gurdwara committee. We are providing all possible assistance from our side,” SGPC coordinator Surinder Pal Singh Samana said.
He said that Vishwa Punjabi Sangathan, Sobti Foundation and other social organizations are likely to rehabilitate the displaced.
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The Indian World Forum has urged the Center to issue e-visas to those who are still stranded in Afghanistan and provide a rehabilitation package to those who have taken refuge in India after the regime change in Kabul last year. “Given the prevailing circumstances and the acute economic difficulties faced by the Afghan minorities, it is high time that the Center not only issues e-visas to them but also provides them with a rehabilitation package. The government sending aid to Afghanistan is appreciated, but these homeless Hindus and Sikhs across Delhi should be helped in every way possible,” Indian World Forum President Punit Chandok told PTI.
He said the Canadian and US governments continue to offer refugee programs, “but the reality is that these refugees may not want to flee if the Indian government offers them similar relief.”
Meanwhile, reacting to Harbhajan’s remarks in Parliament, the BJP on Thursday asked the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, to apologize for opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Punjab BJP General Secretary Dr Subhash Sharma said that the Center is already bringing members of the minority community from Afghanistan to India. The ‘saroops’ of the Guru Granth Sahib were also respectfully brought to India after the attack on the Gurudwara there.
He said this was possible only after the implementation of CAA, which was opposed by Kejriwal, Mann and other AAP leaders. “It is good that you have demanded to transfer members of minority community from Afghanistan to India, but shouldn’t Kejriwal and Mann apologize to the country that they opposed the CAA and implemented it?”
Sharma said the BJP has been proved right on the issue of CAA after systematic persecution of members of Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Without CAA, such victims of persecution and violence could neither be rehabilitated in India nor given Indian citizenship. with PTI