Hindus are threatening to leave Afghanistan within one week

via http://news-en.trend.az/politics/foreign/1402602.html published on January 21, 2009

Afghanistan, Kabul : Hindu minority groups in Kandahar have criticized the government for not improving their squalid living conditions, and they are threatening to leave Afghanistan within one week.

Ethnically, Afghanistan is the most multi ethnic country in Asia that has been facing some problems in this regard recently.

Anarkali Honaryar, the Hindus former representative in the constitutional Loya Jirga, and a human rights activist, said sadly Hindus have long faced such discriminations in Afghanistan.

She added: “We went to the government many times to discuss the issue, but the government has done nothing so far.”

Honaryar said in the past many thousands of Hindu families lived in Kandahar, Kabul, Nangarhar and Ghazni provinces, but now number is less than 5,000 Hindu families in the whole of the nation.

Hundreds of Hindu families, who had properties, lands and houses in southern Afghanistan, left the country during the civil war.

They have returned to the country now and complain their property is often illegally confiscated.

They also claim that only substandard educational facilities are made available to their children, leaving them second class citizens.

They have also complained of repeated death threats from anonymous gunmen.

It is considerable that Afghanistan at the present time is not a secure country.

Kidnapping, assassination and terror is increasing day by day, even those who are powerful according to ethnicity are not safe.   

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