Jagmohan Singh is the only Afghan Sikh living in Gardez, the center of Paktia, and he says he loves his country and will never leave.
Jagmohan Singh complained about the different views of society towards him but said he believes that if the Islamic Emirate creates shelter and places of worship and provides work, many Sikhs will return to the country.
Jagmohan Singh’s family left Afghanistan. He lives in a rented room in Gardez and has a shop of herbal medicines.
“I am all alone. My whole family has gone to India. We love this country. When everyone leaves here, the country will be empty and lost,” said Jagmohan Singh.
“We ask the government to provide opportunities for our people so we can build houses, shops, and a market,” said Jagmohan Singh.
Nearly 500 Sikh and Hindu families were living in Shahr-e-Kuhna in Gardez, but due to war many Sikhs were displaced to other provinces and many left Afghanistan.
Their place of worship and houses were destroyed in Shahr-e-Kuhna in Gardez.
Some elders in Gardez shared good memories of Sikhs and Hindus.
“Some of them have gone to Khost and some of them to Ghazni, sometimes they came back here to their houses,” said Ali Shah Khan, a Gardez resident.
“There were two groups; one of them was Sikh and the other was Hindu, and their places of worship were separate,” said Ghulam Ghawsildden, a Gardez resident.
Meanwhile, some local officials of Paktia said they honor the rights of Jagmohan Singh and they offer support. These officials said other Sikhs and Hindus of Afghanistan should return to the country.
“He is living in security, and we have provided work, there is no problem in this area,” said Sawab Jan Islamyar, head of the Information and Culture Department of Paktia.
The alley where Jagmohan Singh has a shop used to be the place of business for many Sikhs and Hindus in the past in Gardez. Now, however, only Jagmohan Singh is left in this alley.