Gunmen attack Sikh religious gathering in Kabul, killing 4
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 Gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan's minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city on Wednesday, killing at least four people, a minority Sikh parliamentarian said.
The 'dargah' of Peer Budan Ali Shah or Peer Baba as it is known, is the perfect example of communal harmony in Jammu and Kashmir. People of all religion throng this shrine and get blessings. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs come to this 'dargah' in large number and pray. There is a belief that the 'dargah' protects people of this city from mishaps and evil spirits. The shrine is located in the outskirts of Jammu city at a distance of about 8 Kilometres towards the aerodrome at Satwari. Baba Budan Shah was born at Talwandi in Punjab, and it is said that another shrine of this Peer is located at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. In spite of being the 'dargah' of a Muslim saint, Hindus and Sikh devotees who flock this religious place particularly on Thursdays are far greater in number than the Muslim followers. The devotees of Peer Baba have many interesting stories to share.
More than 180 Sikh families arrived in India from Afghanistan on Thursday. The families were welcomed at the IGI Airport by World Punjab Organisation. The families arrived in India on 'long-term' visas, DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said. "Over 180 Hindu Sikh families arrived from Afghanistan. Indian government granted them long-term visas after requests. WPO sent a private plane to repatriate these families. Delhi’s Sikh organizations associated in bringing these families. We want to have assured them of citizenship, like Amit Shah ji assured us," he said. The evacuation comes after Kabul bomb blast which killed 25 people. The attack on the gurudwara happened earlier this year in March. Chabol Singh said, "25 people lost their lives during Kabul attack, 14 people died in Jalalabad. It is not possible for us to stay there after these attacks."
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Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), in association with World Punjabi Organization brought 182 Afghan Hindu-Sikh migrants to India from Afghanistan. They were brought to New Delhi in a chartered flight on September 03. President of DSGMC Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, "182 Afghan Hindu-Sikh migrants to India from Afghanistan. We'll take care of them. We assured them to provide citizenship of India, as our Home Minister Amit Shah said. Apart from migrants, 8 'Saroops' of 'Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji' are also being brought to India." "25 people (Hindu-Sikh community) lost their lives in Kabul attack and before that 14 people of our were killed in Jalalabad. It's not possible for us to stay there (Afghanistan)," said Chabol Singh, Minority from Afghanistan. This is the 2nd batch of minorities who were evacuated following the Kabul bomb blast which claimed 25 lives.
Around 138 Sikh families from Afghanistan have been relocated in Delhi. They are currently staying in Gurudwaras that are run by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee."It's been 16 days here. I lost my parents and brother in bomb blast. We left everything including our houses," said Balbir Singh, Afghan migrant. "There are 138 persons in 31 rooms here. We are providing them with all the basic amenities to live. We are taking take of them as family," said Harjit S Bedi, Chief Vice Chancellor, Motibagh Gurudwara. Sikhs started returning following Kabul bomb blast, which claimed 25 lives.
Protests were held by PoJK refugees in Jammu as India observed black day to mark Pakistan’s invasion of Jammu and Kashmir In 1947. The protesters slammed the Pakistan government and said that their land is being used by Pakistan & China for the CPEC. They also called on the international community to condemn Pakistan’s actions and sought action against Islamabad for the killing of 70,000 Hindus and Sikhs. Meanwhile, a symposium, ‘Memories Of 22 October 1947’ was also organised where J&K LG Manoh Sinha said that even after 73 years, the wounds are still fresh. Watch the full video for all the debates.
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BJP's Babul Supriyo slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after state police manhandled a Sikh man during a protest. "Mamata Banerjee's government meets all criteria to invoke Article 356 (President's rule) in the State. She has made West Bengal a hub of terrorists," said Babul Supriyo.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ended its alliance with the BJP over disagreement with the contentious new agriculture Bills. Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced the end of the long-term alliance following a meeting of the core committee. "Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to pull out of BJP-led NDA alliance because of the centre's stubborn refusal to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect assured marketing of farmers crops on MSP and its continued insensitivity to Punjabi and Sikh issues," said Shiromani Akali Dal.
Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers blasted their way into a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 25... Mid-Day Also reported by •Hindu •Reuters India •IndiaTimes