Afghan-Sikh community meets Manmohan, shares its problems

May 12th, 2011 - 8:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Kabul, May 12 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a two-day visit to Afghanistan, met members of the Afghan-Sikh community in Kabul Thursday and heard them out as they shared their problems, including their difficulties in getting Indian citizenship.

The prime minister met members of the community in the presidential palace complex and asked them about the problems that they faced.

The members said that the community’s population has decreased, with almost 90 percent of them migrating to other countries, including India.

The community also spoke problems in cremating the dead because of the lack of a proper cremation ground in Kabul.

There are 531 Afghan-Sikh families in Afghanistan, of which 153 families are in Kabul.

The community presented an orange-coloured ’siropa’ (robe of honour) to the prime minister.

The prime minister was also introduced to members of the Indian embassy, the Indian medical mission, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel and Indian government officials deputed to different ministries in Afghanistan.

Manmohan Singh said: “You are doing a very critical job. You are creating goodwill for India. I salute your courage.”

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