Taliban militants removed the religious flag of a renowned gurdwara in Afghanistan


Posted on 06 August 2021


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The religious flag of a renowned gurdwara in Afghanistan has been dislodged by Taliban militants. The Taliban recently took down the Nishan Sahib (Sikh flag) of Thala Shri Guru Nanak Sahib Gurdwara of Chamkani in Paktia province, forcing the caretaker to remove it from its rightful place and tie it to a tree so that it could not be seen as a unique mark. The Nishan Sahib, which represents Sikh religious identity and pride, is frequently flown high near gurdwaras. It is frequently visible from a long distance. Local Sikhs and Hindus look after the Paktia gurdwara, which is a historic place of worship. It made headlines when a Sikh named Nidan Singh Sachdeva was kidnapped by the Taliban in the area in July of last year. A neighbourhood citizen, Charan Singh, corroborated the flag removal incident. According to him, Taliban militants threatened the caretaker before forcing him to remove it from its assigned location. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's Official Spokesperson for International Media (English), has refuted the report, calling it "baseless. “Sikhs and the Hindu community have been living in Paktia for centuries. We are committed to their rights and they can lead their normal life like any Afghan,” he said. As a military conflict between President Ashraf Ghani's government and the Taliban continues, India has urged all parties in Afghanistan to respect religious minorities.



Key Points


  • The religious flag of a renowned gurdwara in Afghanistan has been dislodged by Taliban militants.

  • Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's Official Spokesperson for International Media (English), has refuted the report, calling it "baseless.


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