The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

IEA calls Sikhs citizens to return to Afghanistan

According to the historical accounts, Sikhs have deeper roots in Afghanistan. Some sources, such as the Tarikh-e-Baihqi, confirm the presence of Hindus during the reign of Sultan Mahmud and his son Sultan Mas’ud Ghaznavi in the 4th and 5th centuries AH (10th and 11th centuries AD). However, Sikhs are also considered ancient inhabitants of this land. It appears that the initial groups of Sikhs arrived in eastern Khorasan or present Afghanistan as merchants. However, during the reign of Ahmad Shah Durrani and his descendants, the presence of Sikhs among the soldiers of this dynasty has also been reported. Sikhs have also come to Afghanistan twice as organized groups from the Indian subcontinent. Once in 1839 AD, they arrived in Kandahar, accompanying English military personnel and “Shah Shuja,” the grandson of Ahmad Shah, through the routes of “Khojak” and “Chaman,” and from there, they proceeded to Ghazni and Kabul. The Sikhs from Punjab once again entered Afghan territory in 1879 AD, accompanying British forces, and some remained in the country. Sikhs in Afghanistan are primarily engaged in trade, but in the past, some also practiced medicine. Photography was another favored profession among Sikhs, but it has currently declined in popularity. In the past, Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan were primarily settled in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kandahar, Kabul, Ghazni, Helmand, Kunduz, and other cities of the country. However, in recent years, Kandahar, Nangarhar, and Kabul have become the main gathering places for them. Jagmohan Singh, the only Sikh citizen of the country in Gardez City, the capital of Paktia province, says that he deeply loves his country and will never leave. Mr. Singh complains about the different treatment he receives from various levels of society but believes that if the Islamic Emirate provides Sikhs and Hindus with shelters and places of worship and creates employment opportunities, many of them will return to their country. His family left the country, and Jagmohan Singh now lives in a rented room in Gardez City. Mr. Singh has set up a shop to make a living and sells herbal medicine. However, local authorities in Paktia province assure that Jagmohan Singh’s rights will be ensured and emphasize their support for him. These officials urge other Sikhs and Hindus of Afghanistan to return to their country. “He is now living in a safe and secure environment, and the groundwork for employment has been provided. There are no problems in this regard,” said Jan Islamyar, Paktia’s head of Information and Culture. Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.