Afghan Sikhs, Hindus to be allowed to travel: Taliban

New Delhi, August 31 (KMS):  The Taliban has said Afghan Hindus and Sikhs are allowed to travel outside the country and a prominent Sikh leader in Kabul asked the authorities to fulfill their commitment by allowing them to attend religious ceremonies in India connected with the 400th anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Prakash Parv.

Taliban spokespersonZabihullah Mujahid told Afghan media that there were no obstacles to their trip to India. “There is no obstacle to the travel of Hindus and Sikhs, and they can go to Kabul airport and travel to India to travel and attend religious ceremonies,’’ he added.

Referring to the security of the Hindus and Sikhs, he said that the Taliban had no problem with them as also with other minorities.

Gurnam Singh, chairman of the Kabul-based Parwan Committee, told local media that about 150 Hindus and Sikhs were to leave for India but they are still awaiting permission to fly, therefore he requested the Taliban to give them the permission so they can still attend some of the functions if allowed to travel as there are seven days left.

Asked why so many are travelling this time, Singh said this is because of the landmark 400th birth anniversary.

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