Gurdwara’s sewadar abducted in Afghanistan

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—An Afghan Sikh named Nidhan Singh Sachdeva was reportedly abducted from Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan four days ago and his whereabouts are still unknown. He was serving as a helper in a local Gurdwara Sahib of Tsamkani district in the Paktia province.

Paramjit Singh Bedi, who heads the Afghan Sikh community, has confirmed the abduction of Nidhan Singh. “I have talked to the Taliban leaders and they have assured me to make efforts to ensure the safe return of Nidhan Singh,” he told the media in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal strongly condemned the abduction of Nidhan Singh while dubbing this abduction as a big attack on the Sikh community. “The Indian government should take up this issue with the Afghanistan government to ensure the safety of Sikhs,” he said while adding that the Afghan Sikh families aspirant of returning back to India should be immediately rescued.

“Sikhs have been living a fearful life in Afghanistan for the last few years. They have been attacked many times by the radical groups. This time, a Gursewak working in Afghanistan Gurdwara Sahib, Nidhan Singh was abducted from Paktia province in Eastern Afghanistan 4 days ago and no action has been taken to rescue him. In the wake of increasing atrocities on Minorities in Afghanistan, we urge Harsimrat Kaur Badal Ji to take up this issue with Dr. S Jaishankar Ji,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa wrote from his Facebook wall.