He didn’t die so brutally, his visa would have come earlier: Wife of Sikh man killed in Kabul attack

New Delhi, June 19

For Savinder Singh, Kabul no longer felt like home after the Taliban captured Afghanistan’s capital last year. He used to run a small ‘paan’ shop there, lived in a gurudwara, but always wanted to come to Delhi where his family lives.

He applied for e-visa. It was approved on Sunday. But the fear that had gripped his wife for months had turned into reality a day earlier. 60-something will never be home! On Saturday, Gurdwara Karta Parwan became the latest target of attacks on places of worship of minority communities in Afghanistan. Two people died. Among them was Savinder Singh.

“Ever since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, he has been trying to get a visa,” his wife, Pal Kaur, tells of how she feared for her husband after the Taliban attacked the capital last year. “If he had got the visa on time, he would not have died of this brutal death.” Several explosions took place at Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e-Bala area on Saturday, while Afghan security personnel thwarted a major tragedy by blocking an explosives-laden vehicle from reaching the minority community’s place of worship.

Pal Kaur said, “We wanted him to come back as soon as possible. He was ready to sell his shop and stay here permanently but the visa clearance never came and we lost him. In the last few months, I was in the same place. I was living with fear.” PTI at the family home in Delhi’s Tilak Nagar.

The gurdwara was home to at least 150 Sikhs, who have been living there since the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government last August. Singh was also a granthi (a formal reader of the Guru Granth Sahib) there.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly terror attack and called it an “act of support” for the prophet. A day after the attack, India approved e-visas for over 100 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan.

India World Forum president Puneet Singh Chandok, who is coordinating with the Indian government to evacuate Sikhs from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, said he is appealing to the government to help the more than 150 Sikhs living there. grant visa. Ashraf Ghani Govt. “Singh is also among the 109 people whose visas have been approved, but it came too late for them,” he said.

“I am writing to the government and if we had acted immediately, we could have saved it. The government should make immediate efforts to save those who are eagerly waiting to return.” Since the Taliban came to power in August last year, Afghanistan has seen frequent attacks by the rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State.