Millennium Post (Kolkata)

India on move to return private land to Hindu & Sikh minorities in Af


NEW DELHI: India on Friday described as “positive developmen­t” the move by the Taliban regime to restore private land rights to Afghan Hindus and Sikh minorities.

According to reports, the Taliban administra­tion has taken steps to restore property rights of the Hindu and the Sikh communitie­s. “We have seen reports on this issue. If the Taliban administra­tion has decided to restore property rights to their citizens belonging to the Afghan Hindu and Sikh community, we see this as a positive developmen­t,” External Affairs Ministry spokespers­on Randhir Jaiswal said.

His remarks came in

response to a question on the matter during his weekly media briefing. The Taliban regime has reportedly set up a commission to ensure return to owners the rights of private land which were seized by warlords during the tenure of the previous dispensati­on in Kabul.

The latest move by the Taliban dispensati­on comes weeks

after India's pointspers­on on Afghanista­n J P Singh met senior members of Afghan authoritie­s in Kabul.

Singh, the joint secretary heading the division for Pakistan, Afghanista­n and Iran in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), held talks with Taliban's foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi last month.

India has not yet recognised the Taliban regime in Afghanista­n and has been pitching for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul besides insisting that Afghan soil must not be used for any terrorist activities against any country.

India has been pitching for providing unimpeded humanitari­an aid to Afghanista­n to address the unfolding humanitari­an crisis in the country.

In June 2022, India re-establishe­d its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a “technical team” in its embassy in the Afghan capital.

India had withdrawn its officials from the embassy after the Taliban seized power in August 2021 following concerns over their security.

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