India to facilitate return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members

India to facilitate return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members

New Delhi: Government of India has decided to facilitate the return of Afghan Hindu and Sikh community members facing security threats in Afghanistan to India.

India conveys appreciation to the Government of Afghanistan and tribal elders from the area whose efforts secured return of Afghan Sikh Nidan Singh Sachdeva.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava tweeted, “We welcome the safe return of Shri Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a leader of the Hindu and Sikh community in Afghanistan. We convey our appreciation to the Afghan leadership, security forces and tribal elders whose efforts secured the return.

Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a leader of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan, who was kidnapped in Paktia province on 22 June 2020, was released from captivity followed by efforts made by Afghanistan government and community elders, Ministry of External Affairs said on Saturday.

While expressing its appreciation for the efforts made for his release, the foreign affairs ministry reiterated its concern over continued targeting of minorities by terrorists at the behest of their “external supporters”.

The government had been in touch with authorities in Afghanistan for Nidan Singh’s release and also to ensure the safety, security and well-being of the minority community in Afghanistan.

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