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"Salute to Afghan Sikh brothers’ Sikhi Spirit🙏🏻

I received a message from someone who has direct involvement with the Sikh Afghans still in Afghanistan.
There are 250 individuals left, who all reached Kabul this Sunday morning.

Of the 250 Sikhs, 10 Sikhs have volunteered to remain behind to look after the Gurdwaras (Sikh holy shrines). They do so with the knowledge that their lives will/could be in danger and they have stated they accept any responsibility of their actions.

I heard a recording from Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji from Jalabad. He informs the Sangat that all the Sangat of Jalabad have left for Kabul to seek safety at Gurdwara Karta Parvaar. However, Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji and his family (wife and children) and another Gursikh have decided to stay back in Jalabad. He says he has no desire to migrate abroad and make a new life at the expense of abandoning the historical Gurdwara of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Jalabad. He says, if they leave the Gurdwara will either be taken over by Muslims or destroyed.

They have transported all Guru Granth Sahib Ji’s saroops to Kabul. They just have 2 senchis (volume parts) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which they do Parkaash and Paath from. Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji says he knows that he and his family may be killed by the Taliban (or splinter groups), however they are willing to sacrifice themselves for the House of Guru Nanak. Well wisher Muslim families have helped to guard the other Sikh shrines in Jalabad from attacks or encroachment.

This brought tears to my eyes. Salute to him and all the Gursikh brothers and sisters who have the choice of either (1) leaving Afghanistan and abandoning their historical holy shrines and homes, (2) cutting their hair and embracing Islam, or (3) staying to look after the Gurdwaras with death looming forever above them.

May the Sikhi Spirit of our Afghan Sikh brothers and sisters motivate those brothers and sisters from Sikh families who still have cut Kes (hair), not stopped drinking alcohol or smoking/vaping/drugs, not yet began reading Gurbani as part of their daily life, or not yet begun wearing Dastaar- claim back and look after their Sikhi in solidarity and respect of the Afghan Sikhs."

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Let's just hope all our Sikhs have left this cesspool and are safe before the Taliban start to have their "fun". Any of our Sikhs that stay behind after being provided this opportunity is a fool.

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13 minutes ago, Ranjeet01 said:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/sikhs-taking-refuge-at-kabul-gurdwara-angry-at-two-mps-for-leaving-them-behind-101629659239215-amp.html?

Might explain the predicament between Afghan Sikhs.

It looks like they abandon each other when it comes down to the crux.

Looks like it was politician Sikhs who (surprise surprise) thought of themselves first.  

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https://www.livemint.com/news/india/this-is-why-caa-is-necessary-hardeep-singh-puri-points-to-afghanistan-crisis-11629691519207.html

At least there is 392 less Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan before the Taliban begin their major onslaughts

How many Sikhs and Hindus are left and how many flights will there be to airlift them?

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https://indianexpress.com/article/india/taliban-stops-72-afghan-sikhs-and-hindus-from-boarding-iaf-plane-7464332/?fbclid=IwAR0IioeeyUsyx3RKnBlt27E0VPKQhFzyt819P-6U0qAlFHcYvAWw1LzEWWI

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 gurdwara attack. Since then, at least 400 of them have migrated to India in batches. Once a country with over one lakh Sikhs and Hindus, Afghanistan saw an exodus after the mujahideen took over in 1992.

 

If this correct then the number left must be in double figures.

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7 hours ago, Ranjeet01 said:

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/taliban-stops-72-afghan-sikhs-and-hindus-from-boarding-iaf-plane-7464332/?fbclid=IwAR0IioeeyUsyx3RKnBlt27E0VPKQhFzyt819P-6U0qAlFHcYvAWw1LzEWWI

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 gurdwara attack. Since then, at least 400 of them have migrated to India in batches. Once a country with over one lakh Sikhs and Hindus, Afghanistan saw an exodus after the mujahideen took over in 1992.

 

If this correct then the number left must be in double figures.

the numbers don't make sense if you do a tally of number claimed airlifted against remainder counted at gurdwara Sahib

my guess is there is around 650 people

 

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53 minutes ago, jkvlondon said:

the numbers don't make sense if you do a tally of number claimed airlifted against remainder counted at gurdwara Sahib

my guess is there is around 650 people

 

You are probably correct on that number.

The news reports seem to be conflicting with each other.

It would be good to know the exact number so that when they get airlifted we know how many remain.

It is important all our Sikhs are evacuated before the Taliban really starts to get nasty. 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, ChardikalaUK said:

And still the Afghan Sikhs who own shops in England employ Afghan muslim employees.

There is very little known about the Afghan Sikhs and their position in Afghan society other than being a minority in a Muslim country.

Being a trading and business community I imagine they are probably seen as an economically successful and prosperous community. 

This of course may likely foster envy amongst Muslim Afghans and make them a target. 

Being traders they probably stick to what they know and replicate their methods in Afghanistan in the UK.

For example, I notice any large shops (retail stores with large floor space) is quickly divided into about 5 or 6 sub-units and turned into bric-a-brac stores and it gives a bazaar type feeling.

They also foster the biradari system as well .

 

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Afghan diplomat criticises India for prioritising Indian nationals, ignoring Afghans

 
 
 
Afghans waiting at the Kabul airport (left), Afghanistans Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammed Ashraf Haidari (right). Courtesy: AFP/sacep.org Afghans waiting at the Kabul airport (left), Afghanistan's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammed Ashraf Haidari (right). Courtesy: AFP/sacep.org 
  • "India should honour the Strategic Partnership Agreement", says Mohammed Ashraf Haidari. 
  • The Taliban have accused India of supporting the now-deposed President Ashraf Ghani.
  • So far, India has evacuated 552 people from Afghanistan, mostly Indian-origin Afghans. 

 

 

 


 

Afghanistan's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mohammed Ashraf Haidari has slammed India for prioritising the evacuation of Indian nationals from Kabul while leaving the Afghans to their fate, reported Sputnik International on Monday. 

Haidari, while reacting to a video of Indian nationals chanting "Hail Mother India" as they were flown out of Kabul, stated that India has to honour the "Strategic Partnership Agreement" signed between the two countries in 2011. 

Under the agreement, the two nations arranged a security cooperation, that was enforced under the "framework of the Partnership Council", a bilateral partnership headed by the foreign ministers of India and Afghanistan.

Before the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, India had fully supported the idea of a "sovereign, democratic, and peaceful Afghanistan". It had also backed the "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan-controlled" peace process.

The Taliban have accused India of supporting the now-deposed President Ashraf Ghani. 

So far, India has evacuated 552 people from Afghanistan, including Indian officials, Indian citizens, and Afghans of Hindu and Sikh backgrounds. 

Further, India has also transported several batches of Afghan refugees from Doha to Dushanbe. 

On August 16, it was announced that India was "facilitating" the return of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus wishing to leave because of the deteriorating security conditions.  

The country also introduced a "fast-track" visa category for applications from Afghanistan on August 17. 

India, however, has been criticised for only "prioritising" the evacuation of Indian-Afghans and not paying any heed to Muslim Afghans which are much larger in numbers. 

Haidari has also criticised other governments in Southern and Central Asia for not standing with the Afghan people. 

Following the Taliban takeover, the US has evacuated more than 20,000 people from Afghanistan, with 80% of those people being Afghan nationals. 

In addition to the US, the UK, Turkey, Pakistan, and Germany have also evacuated thousands of people from Afghanistan. 

https://www.geo.tv/latest/366713-afghan-diplomat-criticizes-india-fafghan-diplomat-criticizes-india-for-prioritizing-indian-nationals-ignoring-afghansor-prioritizing-indian-nationals-ignoring-afghans

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2 hours ago, Ranjeet01 said:

There is very little known about the Afghan Sikhs and their position in Afghan society other than being a minority in a Muslim country.

Being a trading and business community I imagine they are probably seen as an economically successful and prosperous community. 

This of course may likely foster envy amongst Muslim Afghans and make them a target. 

Being traders they probably stick to what they know and replicate their methods in Afghanistan in the UK.

For example, I notice any large shops (retail stores with large floor space) is quickly divided into about 5 or 6 sub-units and turned into bric-a-brac stores and it gives a bazaar type feeling.

They also foster the biradari system as well .

 

I remember watching a documentary where the youths were crying because they do not have access to quality education  because of their kuffar status , the labelling of their homes businesses by yellow flags , the constant pressurising for becoming muslim, being beaten by schoolmasters etc . It sounds like they had a tough life and yet conversely held a position of respect due to their lack of hera pheri  , they would hold people's money for them , transport it to others .

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