Taliban restricts ferrying of Sikh scriptures out of Afghanistan; SGPC condemns transfer

Taliban restricts ferrying of Sikh scriptures out of Afghanistan; SGPC condemns transfer



Tribune Information Service

GS Paul

Amritsar, September 14

The Taliban-led Afghanistan authorities has denied ferrying of 4 copies of Sikh scriptures (two Sri Guru Granth Sahib and two Sanchi Sahib) that have been to accompany a bunch of 60 Afghan Sikhs, alleged to land in New Delhi on September 11.   

It’s learnt that the Ministry of Overseas Affairs of Afghanistan had restricted the departure of the holy books out of Afghanistan for need of “official clearance” from the Ministry of Info and Tradition.

The SGPC has strongly condemned the Taliban authorities for this.

Terming it a direct interference within the non secular affairs of Sikhs, SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami sought intervention of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Exterior Affairs.

Indian World Discussion board, in coordination with the neighborhood members in Kabul, has been following this up with Afghan officers, however to no avail.

Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of Indian World Discussion board, an organisation coordinating the evacuation efforts of stranded Afghan minorities with the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, the Indian Air Drive and the SGPC, stated, “Round 60 Afghan Sikhs have been scheduled to land in New Delhi on September 11, however they may not. The reason being that the Afghan tradition ministry refused to facilitate the departure of the non secular scriptures out of Afghanistan for causes finest recognized to them.”

As the difficulty involved the protocol division, the matter was conveyed to them, however the response is awaited, he stated.

“The Afghan overseas ministry was adamant that until an official affirmation letter from the Afghan Tradition and Info Ministry was obtained, the scriptures couldn’t be allowed to be taken out of Afghanistan,” stated Chandhok.

In the meantime, Jago Social gathering chief Manjit Singh GK stated the Afghan Sikhs deferred their evacuation programme until the authorities allowed them to hold the scriptures with them.

“We now have sought speedy intervention of the Centre by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs and the Indian Mission in Kabul,” he stated, appreciating the Indian authorities for being liberal in issuing e-visas to the minorities stranded in Afghanistan.





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