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America worried about the safety of minorities in Afghanistan, urges to take appropriate steps

Washington: US lawmakers have expressed deep concern over the safety of minorities living in Afghanistan. He urged US Secretary of State Mike Pompio to take appropriate steps in this regard. The MPs have also appealed for a safe place for Sikhs and Hindus living there.

Nearly two and a half million Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan

Let us tell you that at one time there were about two and a half lakh people of Sikh and Hindu community in Afghanistan, but due to discrimination and violence, now there are about 100 families of both communities left there. In a letter dated May 4, Sikh Caucus co-chairman John Garamendi and 25 other MPs raised the issue of security of minorities in Afghanistan with Ponpio.

He said that the threat of an Islamic State terrorist attack on the Sikh community in Afghanistan is constantly hovering. In addition, the lawmakers also advised the US Secretary of State to add more countries to the International Religious Freedom Coalition to ensure safe rehabilitation of these minority communities. The MPs also said that they are fully aware of the travel restrictions issued due to Corona and as a result refugees are not getting asylum anywhere.

Harpreet Singh, executive director of the American Sikh Caucus Committee and Coordinator Preetpal Singh, the US Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC), welcomed the MPs to raise the issue in a joint statement and told that many in this community resettled outside Afghanistan Are demanding

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