(PTI) Kabul/New Delhi, Delhi
The Taliban on Saturday barred Hindus, including six Afghan Sikhs and two minority members of the Afghan parliament, from coming to India. On the other hand, Taliban kidnapped more than 150 people including Indians on their way to Kabul airport and released them after checking their documents. Meanwhile, on Saturday, 30 Indian Air Force aircraft returned home from Kabul.
Fearing a future Taliban rule, a group of six Afghan Sikhs and Hindus waited outside Kabul airport for more than 12 hours to return to India. As the Indian Air Force plane reached the airport, the Taliban stopped them as soon as they boarded the plane, saying they had no need to leave the country as they were Afghan nationals. He asked the Sikhs and Hindus to return. Therefore, an Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 40 Indians took off from Kabul. The group has taken refuge in Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singhji Karta Parwan in Kabul. Those signatures are protected.
Now the only way to bring these Sikhs and Hindus back to India is through talks with the Taliban. After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, a group of 30 Afghan Sikhs and 30-40 Hindus took refuge in the Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. The Taliban have assured them of peace and security. But he still doubts the Taliban’s rule. Afghan Sikhs and Hindus have been detained by the Taliban because they are citizens of Afghanistan.
In addition, Sikhs and Hindus have urged the governments of India and Canada to evacuate them from Afghanistan following the killing of more than six Sikhs by IS terrorists at Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul on March 8, 2020. At the time of the attack on the Kabul gurdwara in 2020, there were less than 200 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. Since then, over 200 have emigrated to India. At one time over a million Sikhs and Hindus lived in Afghanistan, but they fled Afghanistan after the 13th Mujahideen came to power.
Meanwhile, the Taliban on Saturday intercepted a group of 150 people, including Indians, on their way to the Kabul airport and took them to an undisclosed location as if they were “kidnapping” them. However, the Taliban investigated whether the group included Afghan civilians. The Taliban released more than 150 people after checking their documents. After this they reached Kabul airport.