After toeing the party line on Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today tried to appear sympathetic to human rights of minority Sikhs of Afghanistan as he made an appeal to External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar to save the handful of Afghan Sikhs who are still under the fear of massacre.
It is pertinent to note that nearly all political parties except some allies of BJP, and even Captain himself was vehemently against the CAA that has the provision for providing citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis of neighboring Muslim nations such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. This opposition was made under the pretext that the bill is anti-Secularism as it excludes Muslims from Islamic states of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Punjab Chief Minister now wants the Afghan Sikhs to be airlifted out of their country claiming that it is India’s duty to help them.
There are some Afghan Hindu families also in Afghanistan.
Dear Dr S Jaishankar, there are a large number of Sikh families who want to be flown out of Afghanistan. Request you to get them airlifted at the earliest. In this moment of crisis, it’s our bounden duty to help them.
It seems more like a political gimmick rather than an honest request as he hasn’t yet tried to first appeal to his party, Indian National Congress, to back the CAA.
Lack of proper coverage on the persecution of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs has nearly wiped them out of Afghanistan.