Afghan Sikhs forced to choose between converting to Islam and leaving for India post IS terror attack

Following the devastating terror attack in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad on Sunday which resulted in the deaths of 13 Sikhs, members of the community are now torn between converting to Islam or relocating to India, Reuters has reported.

As reported by Times of India, the terror attack was aimed at the minority Sikhs and Hindus and caused the deaths of 17 members of the communities, including the sole Sikh candidate for upcoming parliamentary elections – Avtar Singh. The responsibility for this attack was taken by the Islamic State.

Following the attack, the Sikh community has expressed concern about their well being. Demography wise, there used to be about 2.5 lakh Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan before 1990. Now there are believed to be just 300 Sikh families in the country.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

As per Tejvir Singh whose uncle died in the attack, it has become clear that he and his fellow community members cannot live there anymore. As per him, even though the government recognises them, they are targeted for being non-Muslims. He also added that Islamic terrorists won’t tolerate their religious practices.

Another Sikh named Baldev Singh even went on to state that only two options were left for them, “leave for India or convert to Islam”.

Following the attack, many Sikhs have also sought refuge in the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad, with the Indian authorities obliging them with an open invitation to stay as long as they want.

As per an Economic Times report, Vinay Kumar – Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan has stated that India has helped to organise the last rites of the slain Sikhs. The report also claims that India has issued long-term visas to Sikh and Hindus enabling them to stay in India for a long time.

Despite the impending threat and India’s invitation, some Sikhs are adamant that would not leave and called Afghanistan their country.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Ghaziabad: Stray dog, mother of five puppies, raped and dragged to death by Nafees and Tauseef

Nafees, one of the accused, has reportedly confessed to the crime of raping the animal several times before dragging her through the streets

Loans waived by Congress govt in MP, but here are the ‘conditions apply’ that farmers should see

One of the main poll promises in the run-up to 2018 elections was farmer loan waiver. Rahul Gandhi and all Congress leaders harped on farmer loan waiver.

Rajasthan Police ends up declaring a true incident as ‘fake news’ on Twitter

In a video being widely shared, a person can be heard complaining about 'Aurangzeb Rule' in Rajasthan and the people sharing the video claim it is from Utambar, Rajasthan.

Here is what connects attack on Akshaya Patra, French NGO against Rafale and demonization of Amarnath Yatra

The web of foreign-funded NGOs that demonised the Amarnath Yatra, French NGO that complained against Rafale in France and the demand to remove Akshaya Patra from midday meals contract

After spreading negativity during Diwali, Times Now is in a festive mood during Christmas

Times Now's tweets reflect the general attitude of the Indian elite towards Hindu festivals. While everything negative is associated with Hindu festivals, an aura of celebratory mood is spread on the occasion of Abrahamic festivals.

Activist opposing Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meal contract thinks ‘Brahmins obstruct India’s development’

The Akshaya Patra has come under criticism recently for not including onion and garlic in its mid-day meals for school children.

‘I was a communist, but I fail to understand how talking about Hindus becomes ‘communal’: Hadiya’s father joins BJP

He said that he was a communist since childhood but of late the party is playing dirty vote-bank politics eyeing minority votes.

PM Modi makes a big announcement: 99% items to soon fall under 18% GST slab or lower

"Today, GST system has been established to a large extent and we are working towards a position 99% things would attract the sub- 18% slab", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi

No Rajdeep, there is no reason to thank Imran Khan for the homecoming of Hamid Ansari. Here is why

Rajdeep Sardesai has time and again proved himself to be a master of quackery

Why CM Manohar Parrikar was seen inspecting a bridge in Goa and why critics should lay off

It is unfathomable the Parrikar was being coerced to appear at the site of the bridge. On the other hand, it is most likely that Parrikar coerced his medical team to allow him out in the open.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,810FansLike
98,289FollowersFollow
6,382SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these