Afghan Sikh slain leader’s son secures seat in parliamentary elections

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CAMPAIGN POSTER: Narinder Singh with a photo of his late father Avtar Singh in the background

Narender Singh Khalsa, son of the slained Afghanistan Sikh leader has secured a seat on behalf of Sikhs and Hindus community in the nation’s parliamentary elections.

His name was among the names announced so far by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), reports the Khaama Press News Agencys.

The parliamentary elections were conducted on 20 October 2018 but the commission has so far failed to fully announce the poll results, the report added.

IEC also said the initial poll results may change once the commission completes the review of complaints filed regarding the process.

A suicide bombing on 1 July in Jalalabad killed a dozen Sikhs and Hindus, including Narinder’s dad Atvar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate running in elections this year.

The incident happened when the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus community leaders were arriving to meet President Ashraf Ghani in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province.

 

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