India to give long-term visa to over 700 Hindus, Sikhs in Afghanistan

Due to increase in attacks on minorities in Afghanistan by “Pakistan-based” terror organisations, India has decided to issue long term visa to 700 people from such minority communities who are stuck in the war-torn country.

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Due to increase in attacks on minorities in Afghanistan by “Pakistan-based” terror organisations, India has decided to issue long term visa to 700 people from such minority communities who are stuck in the war-torn country.

Sources confirmed to India Today that the Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared issuance of ‘long term India visa and facilitate their travel to New Delhi’.

“India will facilitate the return of over 700 Afghan Hindus & Sikhs after the minorities faced several terror attacks and persecution by Pakistan-backed terror groups,” said the source.

Ministry of External Affairs in India in a statement said, “In a recent decision, India has decided to facilitate the return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members facing security threats in Afghanistan to India.”

Many of these minorities had already applied for visas to come to India. Of them, many have families in India.

The decision was made by the Indian government after Afghan Sikh Nidan Singh was rescued in Afghanistan on July 18 by the Afghan forces, a month after being abducted.

Upon his release MEA had blamed “external supporters” for his kidnapping without naming Pakistan.

“The targeting and persecution of minority community members by terrorists at the behest of their external supporters remains a matter of grave concern”, said MEA.

Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a leader of the Hindu and Sikh Community of Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Chamkani district of Paktia province on 22 June 2020, was released from captivity on 18 July, 2020.

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