Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Humble Gesture: Special Chartered Flights From Afghanistan to India Brings Back Over 400 Stranded Sikhs

In a huge gesture to bring back stranded Sikhs who got stuck in Afghanistan following a hostile attack and blast at a gurudwara in Kabul earlier this year, the Indian government organised special chartered flights and ensured a safe return of more than 400 Sikhs in Afghanistan.
The flights were arranged by Vikramjit Singh Sahney, international president of World Punjabi Organisation (WPO), and the repatriation started this month. He managed for three chartered flights to help the stranded families based in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni. He confirmed that they will get the necessary long term visas by the Indian Embassy.
“The first challenge was to evacuate them. There were no flights, so we arranged approvals for chartered flights. We brought back 420 Sikh and Hindu families in three flights. We also brought back Guru Granth Sahib Ji with full dignity,” Sahney told Hindustan Times.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri coordinated with Sahney and Home Minister Amit Shah and assured that these returnees will be granted permanent residency as well as Indian Citizenship in due course.
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