Help us before it’s too late: Afghan Sikhs, Hindus | Amritsar News – Times of India

AMRITSAR: Sikh and Hindu communities of war-torn Afghanistan have appealed to the international community to evacuate them to safety before it is too late.
Talking to TOI on Monday, president of Gurdwara Kartae Parwan, Kabul, Gurnam Singh said there were around 150 Sikhs and Hindus living in Kabul under constant fear of Taliban.
“For now, we are living in Kabul and are safe but for nobody knows for how long we will remain safe,” said Gurnam, adding that they were scared to move out.
He said four out of five gurdwaras in Kabul were closed and Parkash of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was being done only at Gurdwara Kartae Parwan.
He said the remaining Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan didn’t want to go to India as there was no financial security for them.
“I lived in India for a few months, my 14-year-old daughter was infected with coronavirus and died for want of oxygen, following which I returned to Kabul,” he said, adding that the condition of other Afghani Hindus and Sikhs living in Delhi was not good.
Meanwhile, Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation, Khalsa Aid Canada and World Sikh Organisation (WSO) of Canada (WSO) have urged the government of Canada to create a special programme for Afghanistan’s highly vulnerable Sikh and Hindu minorities.
“We are in strong agreement with those asking the government of Canada to act swiftly by providing a way to safety for vulnerable populations in Afghanistan. This includes Sikh and Hindu minorities that have been longstanding targets of extremist groups. Attacks at places of worship have led to the killing of children and adults. Further loss of life is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when,” said Balpreet Singh Boparai, legal counsel, WSO on Monday evening.
He said in 2015, Manmeet Singh Bhullar took on the cause of helping Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan. Since his passing, the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation has worked with the government of Canada and community partners to bring 60 refugees to Canada with 120 in the queue to arrive shortly through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees programme.

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