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Mumbaikar express their concern for Afghanistan minorities

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Amid the Afghanistan crisis, the Government of India has assured to take all steps to ensure the safety and security of the Indian nationals and their interests in Afghanistan. Disturbing videos of Taliban commanders and armed militants moving within the walls of the presidential palace had gone viral on social media. Meanwhile, a hoard of people have been attempting to escape the impending Taliban rule, as is apparent from the visuals of panic, fear, disorder and chaos that emerge from the crowded airport of Kabul.

Ministry of External Affairs said, “We are in constant touch with the representatives of Afghan, Sikh and Hindu communities. We will facilitate repatriation to India of those who wish to leave Afghanistan. There are also several Afghans who have been our partners in the promotion of our mutual development, education and people to people endeavours. We will stand by them.”

After two decades of war, the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital Kabul in 10 days on Sunday, 15 August, as President Ashraf Ghani fled the war-torn country.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Ghani said, “The Taliban have won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen.”

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, “People from Sikh and Hindu communities have taken refuge at the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. I am in constant touch with President, Gurdwara Committee of Kabul and Sangat who have told me that more than 320 people of minorities living in Ghazni and Jalalabad (including 50 Hindus and more than 270 Sikhs) have taken refuge in Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul in wake of recent developments.”

When Afternoon Voice spoke to BMC Councillor Haji Mohammad Halim, said, “Pathans are against Terrorism. It is Afghanistan that nurtured the Taliban for decades. Now they have boomeranged after 18 years in Kabul. Ghar ka bhedi Lanka Dhaye. We are on Balasaheb’s path, Islam has no place for Terrorism.”

Abu Asim Azmi MLA Samajwadi Party said, “What I want is that there should be no bloodshed. Whatever is happening over there should be happening lawfully. There is currently chaos. I see a terrorizing atmosphere and people are full of fear in Afghan. Manslaughter should be controlled.”

Maratha Khan, Maharashtrian Muslim Vikas Parishad, “The Taliban have taken over Kabul after a long fighting struggle with the Afghanis. Now the only thing that matters is are going to run the Governance peacefully. They should not violate Human rights, give liberty to Women and not breach the freedom of speech of the citizens of Afghanistan. It seems that the United Nations is not taking strict action against them. It all turned upside down when the American forces returned to their homeland.”

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