The Taliban has said Afghan Hindus and Sikhs are allowed to travel outside the country to fulfil their religious obligations.

To commemorate the 400th birth anniversary of the ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur’s Prakash Parv in India, Afghan Sikhs have urged Taliban to allow travel outside the country.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said 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 said.

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

With seven days left Hindu and Sikh pilgrims eagerly await for permission to travel.

A prominent Sikh leader, Gurnam Singh, requested to allow Sikhs to attend religious ceremonies connected to India.

Gurnam Singh, chairman of the Kabul-based Parwan Committee, told local media that about 150 Hindus and Sikhs were to leave for India but haven’t been granted the permission to fly. 

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


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