Afghanistan: Sikhs stuck in Kabul gurudwara return home, express desire to visit India

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Afghanistan: Sikhs stuck in Kabul gurudwara return home, express desire to visit India

New Delhi: Sikhs taking refuge in a gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan have returned back to their homes, confirmed Shiromani Akali Dal national spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Monday.

He also said that Sikh families met with a Taliban commander at Gurudwara Sahib and expressed their desires to visit India to attend upcoming Parkash Purab celebrations.

In a series of tweets, the Akali Dal spokesperson said that he had a long talk with S Gurnam Singh Ji, Pradhan of Kabul Gurdwara Committee today who apprised him that people taking refuge in Gurdwara Karte Parwan have dispersed back to their homes in wake of recent attacks in Kabul.

"People have dispersed from Gurdwara Karte Parwan. 8 people (2 families) went back to Ghazni; 60 people went back to Jalalabad. 2 families are still there in Gurdwara Sahib," he confirmed.

Sirsa further said that a commander of the Taliban met the families in Gurudwara Sahib.

"These families told Taliban Commanders of their desire to visit India to be part of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji's 400th Parkash Purab celebrations. The commanders assured them of taking this matter up with their high command," he added.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Taliban had barred at least 140 Afghan Sikh pilgrims from boarding flights from Kabul as they attempted to arrive in Delhi for celebrations marking the 400th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur.

"A kirtan darbar is scheduled to be held on Sunday. Community members from various parts of the world are arriving here. Unfortunately, the Taliban denied the 140 pilgrims access to the Kabul airport," said Partap Singh (Afghan origin), the president of the Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Gurdwara in New Mahavir Nagar.