After Kabul attack, MHA grants priority e-visas to Afghan Sikhs, Hindus: Report

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Several blasts tore through a gurdwara in Kabul on Saturday

Following a terror attack on a Kabul gurudwara, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan on priority, according to news agency ANI. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) condemned the terrorist attack and urged the Centre to bring the matter before the United Nations General Assembly. A DSGMC delegation led by president Harmeet Singh Kalka met with Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh and informed him of the current situation at Gurdwara Karte Parwan. Kalka stated that they have urged the Indian government to assist Afghan Sikhs who wish to visit India.

DSGMC president Harmeet Singh Kalka and General Secretary Jagdeep Singh Kahlon said at a press conference here that terrorists targeted the gurdwara, killing its guard and injuring many pilgrims. Noting that such incidents occur on a regular basis in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where minority communities are targeted and holy shrines are destroyed, they called it a “clear violation” of minority communities’ human rights in these countries.

Several explosions ripped through a gurdwara in Kabul on Saturday, while Afghan security personnel averted a larger tragedy by preventing an explosive-laden vehicle from reaching the minority community’s place of worship in the war-torn country.

Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood was attacked early Saturday morning, sparking a gun battle lasting several hours between terrorists and Taliban fighters, according to Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesperson for the interior ministry.

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