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London, June 27 (YP Bureau)

Source:  Yes Punjab

Leaders of various communities have urged UK and other European Countries not to deport Afghan Sikhs, Hindus and a sect of Muslims to Afghanistan as their life and property would be under threat, if deported.

Joint action by UK and Netherlands based individuals and organizations has resulted in a Dutch Judge putting the extradition of an Afghan Sikh family on hold but the job is not finished as an Afghan Sikh Family in Tienen, Vlaams-Brabant is equally under threat and its extradition has only been put on hold.

A community leader told that joint action by Afghan family, all Dutch and UK Sikh Institutions and of course by Waheguru’s grace, the deportation of an Afghan Sikh family (mother (36), daughter (19), son (13) and daughter (9) to Afghanistan has been stopped temporarily.

 

He said that they were informed late Friday afternoon, 22 June 2012 about the fact that the Sikh family would be deported on 25th of June 2012 at 11.30 am. “Through this joint effort, Ardas of Sangat and Media attention, we have prevented a humanitarian disaster and crisis as the Judge ruled Monday morning that the eviction has been put on stop for the time being”, he said.
Various community leaders talking on the subject said, “We have to come to a situation where no country will even consider extradition to Afghanistan of members of minority communities and will think very seriously about extraditing even Sunni Muslim Pathaan, which is as near to being a member of a ‘majority community’ as you can get in ethnically diverse Afghanistan”.
Pritpal Singh, a community leader involved in campaign for safety of Afghan Sikhs, Hindus and Sunni Muslim Pathans informed that an emergency crisis appeal in the context was made live from Gurudwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Southall in West London on a UK based satellite TV Station ‘Sikh Channel’.
“Afghanistan is not a safe country for anybody, Afghanistan is a country where all women are under threat and Afghanistan is a country where followers of minority religions are increasingly under threat as the government of president Karzai is moving closer to Taliban type attitudes in order to achieve an agreement with at least part of the Taliban leadership”, alleged a community leader.

The community leaders have decided to lobby MPs and MEPS together with all NGOs to put the case forward as Afghanistan remains unstable and just last week a bomb exploded in the capital Kabul.

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Message from UK based Afghan Sikh Community

ਅਫਗ਼ਾਨੀ ਇਸਤਰੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਬਚਿਆਂ ਨੂ ਦੇਸ਼ ਨਿਕਾਲਾ ਨ ਦੇਣ ਦੀ ਮੰਗ ।

ک فاجعه بشری، از کشورهالیند، سه خانم و یک کودک به افغانستان اخراج میگردند

अफ्घानी स्त्री व बाल शरणार्थीओं को देशनिकाला न देने की मांग ।

Afghan Sikh Community Leaders in Britain urging UK, Dutch and all European Governments to stop deportation of all Afghans — Sikhs, Hindus & Muslims. An emergency crises appeal made live from Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Southall in West London on a UK based satellite TV station Sikh Channel.

Fantastic News – Joint action by Afghan family, all Dutch and UK Sikh Institutions. And of course by Waheguru’s grace, the deportation an Afghan Sikh family (mother (36), daughter (19), son (13) and daughter (9)) to Afghanistan has been stopped temporarily. We were informed late Friday afternoon, 22 June 2012 about this Sikh family would be deported on 25 June 2012 at 11.30 am. Through this joint effort, Ardas of Sangat and Media attention, we have prevented a humanitarian disaster and crisis as the Judge ruled Monday morning that the eviction has been put on stop for the time being.

Fantastische Nieuws – Gezamenlijke inzet van Afghaanse familieleden en alle Sikhs Verenigingen uit Nederland en Verenigd Koninkrijk. Ook met name door Waheguru’s gratie is de uitzetting van een Afghaanse Sikh familie (moeder (36), dochter (19), zoon (13) en dochter (9)) voorkomen. Vrijagmiddag (22 June 2012) laat werden wij geinformeerd en geconfronteerd met het feit dat deze familie op 25 June 2012 om 11.30 uur zouden worden uitgezet. Door deze gezamenlijke inzet, Ardas van Sangat en Media aandacht, hebben wij een humane ramp en crisis voorkomen – doordat de rechter op Maandag heeft geoordeeld dat de uitzetting tijdlijk stop wordt gezet.

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar
Afghan Ekta Cultural Religious/Community Centre 
65-75 King Street Southall
UB2 4DQ United Kingdom
www.gurunanakdarbar.org.uk

Let us all lobby our MPs and MEPs together with all NGOs to put our case forward. Afghanistan remains unstable as just last week a bomb was exploded in the capital Kabul.
News Source: Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/22/taliban-attack-kabul-lake-resort

 

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“ਸਿੱਖ ਇਨ ਕਾਬੁਲ” ਡੋਕੁਮੰਟਰੀ |
“सिख इन काबुल” डोकुम्न्ट्री फिल्म|

Watch the actually documentary film highlighting the grave problems of Sikhs from Kabul, and beyond, in Afghanistan was aired recently on Sikh Channel.

 Synopsis: Documentary focuses on the Sikh community of Afghanistan that have dwindled from 80,000 to a mere 1000 as of 2012. The proud Afghan Sikhs have been a part of the culture and heritage of Afghanistan ever since the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Kabul on his return from Baghdad and Mecca to India in the 16th century.

This film has captured the testimonies of the surviving Sikh families of Kabul who live in appalling conditions within their damaged Gurdwaré (Sikh place of worship) where 2 families are confined to a room. Since the American invasion of 2001 numerous wealthy Sikhs fled in haste to Pakistan and Europe, but some unable to flee were stranded and today their dilemma is worse than ever.

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