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NRI Sikhs in Kabul upset with PM visit

Kabul. August 29, 2005
Abrar Alvi
NRI press

NRI Sikhs in Kabul became very upset with PM visit becauae no attention was given to NRI sikhs and hindus who were forced to flee the city during the civil war. There are more than 175 sikh familis in Kabul and 4700 hundred Sikhs in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit was laying the foundation stone of Afghanistan's new Parliament, a symbolic gesture to cement India's partnership with Afghanistan.

India announces an additional $50 million to the $500 million already pledged to the Afghan people.The Sikh community feels let down or betrayed by both the government in Kabul as well as by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh . He should have met the Sikhs and listened to their problems.

Ravinder Singh. is the representative of the Hindu- Sikh community in Afghanistan said, "The Karzai government has a law which states when people come back to Kabul from India their livelihood should also be brought back".

Manmohan Singh returns from Afghanistan

New Delhi, August 29, 2005

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned here Monday after a two-day visit to Afghanistan that saw the cementing of strategic and economic ties between the two countries.
Manmohan Singh, the first Indian prime minister to visit Afghanistan in nearly three decades, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai also decided on a joint strategy to fight terrorism.

"I was always fascinated by Afghanistan. I am very satisfied by the outcome of the visit," Manmohan Singh told reporters at a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul shortly before his departure for New Delhi.

India announced an additional aid of $50 million for the reconstruction of Afghanistan during Manmohan Singh's visit. Earlier, it had pledged $500 million to help rebuild the war-ravaged country.

The two countries also signed three pacts to cooperate in healthcare, education and agriculture.

During his stay in Kabul, Manmohan Singh had talks with Karzai and other Afghan leaders on the entire gamut of bilateral and regional issues. Both countries agreed to forge a new partnership for the 21st century.

On his arrival here, Manmohan Singh was received by his cabinet colleagues, including Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh and Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.


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