The Ministry of External Affairs has stated that group of Sikh and Hindu communities who returned from Afghanistan will be facilitated as per rules in the country. MEA is in touch with others who would like to return. "Our mission in Kabul (Afghanistan), despite COVID-19 situation facilitated return of first group that arrived last week. Their cause for permanent settlement here will be examined and facilitated as per rules. We are in touch with others who would like to return, we would facilitate it," said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
Nidan Singh, the Afghan Sikh who was kidnapped a month ago in Afghanistan and released recently, arrived in Delhi on July 26. He was accompanied by his family and a delegation of Afghan Sikhs. Nidan Singh was kidnapped last month from a Gurdwara in Afghanistan and was released by his captor few days ago. 11 Afghan Sikhs, including Nidan, given short-term visa by Indian Embassy. India has thanked the Afghanistan government for the safe return of Nidan Singh, who is among the people from minority communities facing persecution there. Only a handful of Hindus, Sikhs and other communities are left in Afghanistan where their security situation has become more grim after the massacre in Gurdwara Guru Har Rai in Kabul earlier this year.
India's permanent representative to the United Nations, TS Tirumurti while speaking to ANI said that UN has over the time in its reports reiterated Pakistan's involvement in terrorist attacks abroad. TS Tirumurti said, "It's a well-known fact that Pakistan is nerve centre of terrorism. Pakistan is home to largest no. of listed terrorists, internationally designated terrorist entities and individuals, including Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Lashkar-e-Taiba, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen. UN in its reports reiterated Pakistan's involvement in terrorist attacks abroad. In recent report of Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, which submits its report periodically on terrorist activities of ISIL, Al-Qaeda, there're direct references to Pakistan's involvement."