Capt Amarinder urges Sushma Swaraj to ensure safety and security of Sikhs in Afghan

Chandigarh, July 19: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take all possible steps to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sikhs settled in Afghanistan.

In a letter to the Minister, Captain Amarinder expressed concern at the recent bombings in Kabul, besides the earlier series of terror attacks in Afghanistan, that had left many Sikh families adversely affected.

The Chief Minister urged the Minister to advise the concerned officials in MEA, as well as the Indian High Commission in Afghanistan, to ensure the safety and security of Sikhs in the war-torn country.

Measures aimed at security, relief and rehabilitation of violence -affected Sikh families in Afghanistan needed to be pursued at the level of Ministry of External Affairs in order to ensure justice to them, said the Chief Minister in his letter.

The Chief Minister pointed out that about 40 families had migrated to Ludhiana from Afghanistan in 2012, of which 20 had returned but the remaining were still in Ludhiana. The issues concerning these families also needed to be attended on priority, said Captain Amarinder, adding that this was essential so that the simmering discontent in the community about the fate of these families could be addressed.

He urged a humane approach in resolving the problems of these Sikh families and requested the Union Minister to intervene on an urgent basis.