In an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai, Afghanistan MP Dr. Anarkali Kaur Honaryar requested the Indian government to rescue Afghan Hindus and Sikhs from the Taliban.
India Today TV Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai spoke to Dr. Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, Member of Parliament, Afghanistan, after she escaped Taliban rule and reached India. Dr. Anarkali Kaur Honaryar requested the Indian government to rescue Afghan Hindus and Sikhs from the Taliban. Excerpts from the interview:
Q: Why did you have to leave Afghanistan? You are a senator. Was the situation so bad, especially for Sikh families?
You know, the world knows what happened to Afghanistan; how Afghanistan’s situation changed so quickly. We hadn’t anticipated this; we were all shocked. Most people in Afghanistan are in depression and fear. We became helpless. The country is our mother and it’s easy to leave your country. There was no other option.
Q: Many Sikh families have taken shelter in gurdwaras. What has been your experience after the Taliban took over Kabul?
Q: You’re an MP, you could come to India. But many Sikh families are trapped in gurdwaras. They’re wondering who will save them
Many Afghan Hindus and Sikhs have been airlifted. I request the Indian government to rescue those who are still trapped there.
Q: Would you like to return to Afghanistan when the situation gets better?
Afghanistan is our country. I hope to return to my country when the situation gets better.
Q: Can anyone trust the Taliban, given the way they treat women, in particular?
Nobody knows what the Taliban will do. But the fear is: there is a difference between what they say and what they do. Women’s rights and human rights are in real danger. Everyone feels they have lost what they had gained in the last 20 years and Afghanistan has gone back by 100 years. We used to hope for more progress, but we have been pushed back.