Like India, US Congressman Seeks Refugee Status For Afghan Sikhs, Hindus

On March 25, an ISIS-Khorasan suicide bomber attacked a gurdwara in Kabul, killing 25 Sikhs

Washington:

An influential American congressman has praised India for giving refugee standing to Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan and urged the Trump administration to do the identical for the persecuted non secular minorities from the war-torn nation.

The Ministry of Exterior Affairs stated on Thursday that there was a current spurt of assaults on Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan by terrorists on the behest of their “exterior supporters” and India has been offering crucial visas to members of those communities who need to come.

“Now we have been receiving requests from the members of those communities. They need to transfer to India, they need to calm down right here, and regardless of the continuing COVID state of affairs, we’re facilitating these requests,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated.

He stated as soon as those that need to come and settle in India arrive within the nation, their requests will likely be examined and acted upon based mostly on current guidelines and insurance policies.

Responding to India’s transfer, Congressman Jim Costa stated in a tweet, “This marks an essential step towards defending Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu communities from imminent destruction by the hands of terrorists.”

“Whereas I am happy that India has provided them refuge, extra must be accomplished to make sure their security in the long run. I’ll proceed to advocate for extra everlasting options that may present these households with safety, financial stability, and a brighter future,” Mr Costa stated as he referred to a information story from The New York Instances.

In April the lawmaker had written a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo searching for related refugee standing for Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan.

“In April, I wrote to Secretary of State Pompeo urging him to offer assist to those households and consideration for potential resettlement within the US,” Mr Costa tweeted.

In its information story, The New York Instances reported the assertion of Ministry of Exterior Affairs that India has determined to facilitate the return to India of Afghan Hindu and Sikh group members going through safety threats in Afghanistan.

Based on the each day, the Hindu and Sikh communities in Afghanistan as soon as numbered within the tens, if not the tons of, of hundreds, with well-established companies and high-ranking positions within the authorities. However almost all have fled to India, Europe, or North America over many years of warfare and persecution.

Final month, a bipartisan group of 20 US senators urged the Trump administration to grant emergency refugee safety to Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan going through persecution as non secular minorities.

“Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan face an existential menace from ISIS-Ok due to their faith. To guard non secular freedom, we urgently ask that you just take these important steps to defend these threatened non secular minorities,” they stated within the letter.

The Sikhs and Hindus as soon as numbered round 250,000, however now fewer than 1,000 folks stay in Afghanistan as a result of many years of persecution, they added, the senators wrote.

A closely armed ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-Ok) suicide bomber attacked a gurdwara within the coronary heart of Afghanistan’s capital on March 25, killing 25 Sikhs and injuring eight others.
 

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