Freshta Negah Abubakar Siddique Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 22, 2023 When the Taliban seized power in 2021, there were concerns that some of Afghanistan’s tiny non-Muslim minorities could vanish. Two years on, those fears are becoming realized. Afghanistan’s last-known Jew fled the country shortly after the Taliban takeover. Meanwhile, the Sikh and Hindu communities
Khaama: The last two holy religious scriptures of Sikhism (Saroops) of the Guru Granth Sahib arrived from Afghanistan’s Kabul in Delhi Wednesday. The two Sikh’s Holy Scriptures were carried out by three Afghan Sikhs from Kabul to New Delhi by a non-Scheduled Kam Air flight. Six Holy Scriptures were successfully flown into New Delhi on
RFE/RL spoke to shopkeeper Charin Singh, who is believed to be the only Sikh remaining in the Afghan city of Jalalabad and the wider Nangharhar Province. He says attacks by militants have driven his family and other members of the Sikh community abroad.
Anjana Pasricha VOA News October 11, 2022 NEW DELHI — In a Sikh temple tucked in the narrow lanes of the Indian capital, New Delhi, 60-year Harbans Singh offers a prayer of gratitude. The temple has become his temporary home after he fled Afghanistan, where his family had lived for generations. “We have left our homes,
Monica Verma via Firstpost: If they can’t come back to India which was once the land of their ancestors, then where do they go? The fact that the Sikhs weren’t allowed to carry their scriptures by the current Taliban government to India and the fact that Sikhs will soon be an extinct minority in Afghanistan
The Tribune: The Taliban-led Afghanistan government has denied ferrying of four copies of Sikh scriptures (two Sri Guru Granth Sahib and two Sanchi Sahib) that were to accompany a group of 60 Afghan Sikhs, supposed to land in New Delhi on September 11. The SGPC has strongly condemned the Taliban government for this. Terming it
Kearney Hub: Sikhs and Hindus make up only a tiny fraction of the population of Afghanistan, which is almost entirely Muslim. Under the Taliban in the late 1990s, they were asked to identify themselves by wearing yellow armbands or badges, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, and in recent years they have been repeatedly targeted by extremists.
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi June 18, 2022 An attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul killed at least two people and wounded seven on June 18, following the detonation of a car loaded with explosives, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. A video circulating on social media showed a
Ariana: The report said that in Afghanistan, many minority Jewish, Hindu and Sikh residents have fled the country after the IEA [Taliban] returned to power. It said many members of other religious minorities, such as Ahmadiyya Muslims, Baha’is and Christian converts are worshipping in secret for fear of persecution. Click here to read more (external
Al Jazeera: Community leaders estimate just 140 Sikhs remain in the Taliban-ruled country, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and capital Kabul. Click here to read more (external link).