India To Provide Shelter To 700 Afghan Sikhs, Hindus Who Faced Religious Persecution In Their Muslim
After various religious terror attacks against minorities in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Home Affairs in India has decided to provide shelter to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus facing Religious Persecution in the neighboring country which is the Islamic Republic.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs has given its approval for providing a long term visa to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus which we usually give to persecuted minorities from the region,” said a top official from the Government of India.
“India has decided to facilitate the return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members facing security threats in Afghanistan to India,” the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Saturday
“To begin with, over 700 such individuals have been identified and the required formalities are underway to bring them to India before 15 August.”
A top government official
In a terrible terror attack in Kabul’s Hari Rai Sahib Gurudwara in Shortchanged Bazar, over 25 Sikh men, women, and children were brutally killed on 25 March 2020. The innocent civilians were killed when they were holding special prayers to fight the coronavirus pandemic across the globe.
An Indian official in Kabul said the decision meant that any of the roughly 600 Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan, an overwhelmingly Muslim country, would be given priority visas and the opportunity to apply for long-term residency once they arrived in India.
Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic Country. The status of peoples from religious minority communities is very pathetic over there. They were 10% of the country’s population only two decades ago; now they are less than 1% of the population.