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Taliban removes Sikh religious flag from gurdwara in Afghanistan's Paktia

By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
Aug 06, 2021 02:18 PM IST

The Taliban removed Nishan Sahib from the historical Gurdwara Thala Sahib, which was once visited by the founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nanak.

The Taliban has allegedly removed Nishan Sahib, a Sikh religious flag, from a gurdwara in the Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan. Nishan Sahib was taken off from the roof of Gurdwara Thala Sahib in the Chamkani area of the Paktia province, according to images being tweeted on social media.

The Taliban has swept through much of rural Afghanistan since early May and is mounting offensives on cities from Herat to Kabul now.(Ravinder Singh Robin/Twitter)
The Taliban has swept through much of rural Afghanistan since early May and is mounting offensives on cities from Herat to Kabul now.(Ravinder Singh Robin/Twitter)

HT has not been able to independently verify whether Nishan Sahib was removed from the historical gurdwara, which was once visited by the founder Sikh religion Guru Nanak.

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Last year, Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a leader of the Hindu and Sikh community in Afghanistan was abducted by the Taliban from the gurdwara. Sachdeva was kidnapped in Paktia province on June 22, 2020, and released followed by efforts made by the Afghanistan government and community elders.

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Before that, around 30 members of the Sikh community were killed in a terror attack claimed by the Islamic State on a place of worship in Kabul on March 25. However, Indian officials said the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba were involved in the killings.

Afghanistan has been witnessing a surge in violence amid the ongoing withdrawal of troops by the US. The Taliban has swept through much of rural Afghanistan since early May and is mounting offensives on cities from Herat to Kabul now. Several Afghan cities have been captured by the Taliban in recent weeks and fighting in several others have escalated.

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