Monday, August 23, 2021

On board India's Kabul evacuation flight, 46 Afghan Sikhs, Hindus — and 3 copies of Guru Granth Sahib

Three Indian nationals carrying three Sri Guru Granth Sahib are among the 46 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs expected to arrive in India on Monday as part of India's evacuation mission in view of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Nearly 200 more Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are still stranded in Afghanistan, said Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, an organisation coordinating the evacuation efforts with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“These people have taken shelter at the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul, which is close to the airport,” he added.

Announcing the evacuation flight, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter to say, “Three Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji are being escorted to the IAF aircraft at Kabul Airport. Forty-six Afghan Hindus and Sikhs along with stranded Indian nationals are blessed to return on the same flight.”

“Seventy-five people are on the flight. Three Guru Granth Sahib ji are also being brought to India,” Chandhok added.

Visuals surfaced of three Sikh men holding their holy books over their heads at the Kabul airport while waiting for the repatriation flight to arrive.

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