PM salutes Indians in Afghan for their courage, bravery

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh interacted with Indian Embassy staffers and ITBP officers and also lend an ear to local Sikh and Hindu families, saluting them for showing "courage and bravery" in strife-torn Afghanistan.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 21:12 PM IST

Kabul: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday interacted with Indian Embassy staffers and ITBP officers and
also lend an ear to local Sikh and Hindu families, saluting
them for showing "courage and bravery" in strife-torn
Afghanistan.

On a two-day visit to the Afghan capital, Singh told
the staffers of the Indian embassy that they were doing a
great job and also creating goodwill among the people of
Afghanistan, sources said.
Besides embassy staffers, the Prime Minister also
met ITBP security officers deployed in this country.

"I salute your courage and bravery," the Prime
Minister said, as he met Indians stationed in Afghanistan.

Singh held interactions with five groups -- among them
were some families of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus -- and enquired
about their problems with Indian ambassador Gautam
Mukhopadhyay carrying out the introductions.
Singh met these groups in the compound of
Haramsarai -- the residence of Afghanistan`s last King Zahir
Shah, where he is staying.

The Afghan Sikhs highlighted the problems being faced
by their relatives and families who had moved to India many
years back but were still facing problems in being granted
citizenship.

The families also told the Prime Minister about the
lack of cremation grounds for them in Kabul.

There are an estimated 531 Sikh families in
Afghanistan -- 153 of them in Kabul itself, and their total
population is over 2,000.

PTI