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Who will help the Afgani Sikhs?

asked 2017-05-19 07:14:47 -0600

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updated 2017-05-19 17:46:01 -0600

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I am an Afghan Sikh refugee in Pakistan. Sikhs are discriminated in Afghanistan, no jobs, no security for life. Our women cannot move out of the houses for the fear of local Muslim men sexually abusing them. The children haven't gone to schools for years because they are bullied and beaten up. Our property and land has been forcefully confiscated by the Muslim warlords.

The Islamic government of Afghanistan doesn't bothers about religious minorities, and the biggest issue is Sikhs do not have enough money even to buy tickets and apply for visa to a safe country. And neither are they educated enough to fill up the forms related to visa, local Muslims laugh at Sikhs.

I am the only Sikh left who knows how to browse internet and write in English. Our family took the risk by crossing the border and entering into Pakistan as we thought Sikhs would be secure in Pakistan. But here in the Khyber Province of Pakistan situation is much worse, Sikhs are forced to convert to Islam. Muslims openly tell us that if you don't want to embrace Islam then each Sikh family must contribute and marry off at least one daughter who is single to a Muslim man.

We ran from Khyber to Baluchistan then entered Sindh and finally we reached Punjab. Gurdwaras in the Punjab Province are flooded with the internally displaced persons from Pakistan. Out of the four Provinces in Pakistan, Sikhs from Khyber, Baluchistan, and Sindh are suffering and hence Punjab is the place for refugees which is quite pathetic.

Not a single Sikh wishes to live in Afghanistan even for a single day, but who will help the 2000 Sikhs to move out of Afghanistan for ever?

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Come to India.why you visited Pakistan

Amandeep007 gravatar imageAmandeep007 ( 2018-07-02 22:34:15 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-05-21 07:53:18 -0600

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updated 2018-06-24 02:12:15 -0600

Respected MataJi, yes you are right outsiders are not allowed to visit Azad Kashmir. Couple of years back, I had been to Pakistan but I was refused entry into Pak occupied Kashmir.

The moment our Sikh Jatha landed at the Lahore airport, Pakistani officials received us, garlanded us and they started speaking in eloquent Punjabi. We Sikhs get flattered when we hear Muslims speaking in Punjabi, we easily trust them, so was i. Apart from Lahore, we did visit Rawalpindi, and Hassan Abdal in Punjab there was no issue but when our group was leaving for Nankana Sahib, men from the Pakistani Intelligence came to us and questioned us, Why are you guys sitting silent in India? They said, why don’t you fight for a separate country, you must fight holy war against Hindus, and Christians. They told us Muslims are the brothers of Sikhs and Hindus and Christians are the enemies of the Sikhs.

Then we were told to burn India’s flag, to raise anti-Hindu, anti-Hinduism slogans. They had kept the video cameras ready so that they can film us. When I protested and said as to why shall I raise slogans against my own countrymen, they said you are not a true Sardar.

They said, each year hundreds of Sikh pilgrims visit Pakistan and they all willingly burn the Indian flags and have no qualms in raising anti-Hindu slogans, you are the first Sikh not to raise the voice against India, Hindus, and Hinduism. They even told me don’t visit Pakistan anymore, we won’t grant you the visa.

These Muslims actually try to create the rift between Sikhs, Hindus, and other non-Islamic faiths. In Youtube these stupids have uploaded lots of videos in which Muslims are seen sympathizing with the Sikhs and Hindus are depicted as Monsters. We Sikhs must be vigilant against the nefarious activities of these Muslims.

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answered 2017-05-20 04:48:05 -0600

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I am a Pakistani Sikh woman, for Sikhs the situation in Pakistan is worse than Afghanistan particularly in the Pakistan Administered Kashmir which is also known as Azad Kashmir. Today not a single Sikh exists in Azad Kashmir, Sikh men have been butchered in the capital Muzaffarabad and even in Gilgit-Baltistan. Almost all of the Sikh women from there have been abducted and they are confined in the Harems of wealthy Muslim businessmen, politicians and bureaucrats in Islamabad. Some of the Sikh women have been sold to rich Arab Sheikhs from Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan has banned the international media from entering into Azad Kashmir. They only allow the media to go to the Punjab Province. You mentioned above of the Gurdwaras flooded with the IDP's of Pakistan, this is where the media is allowed to go to show the world as to how much Pakistan worries about it's religious minorities. Last year, members of the UNHCR and the members of the Sikh organisations from the West did visit the Punjab Province. But before their arrival Sikhs were handed a Scripted Application by the Pakistani authorities to be recited in front of the arriving team. Sikhs were told not to reveal the truth about Pakistani Sikhs and were threatened with terrible consequences if someone dared to do so.

In the 20 crore population of Pakistan, Sikhs number only 20,000. Our destination of peace and hope remains India but not sure if the Indian Sikh leadership will help us or not.`

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My brief and superficial experience in Kashmir over 12 years ago echoes what you are saying. All the Hindus had fled Srinagar and the only Sikhs remaining was one family running a restaurant. Yet, Muslims in India have more freedom to practice their religion as they fit than in any Muslim country!

Hermes gravatar imageHermes ( 2017-06-30 02:13:23 -0600 )edit

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