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Sikh Leader Awtar’s Son Leads In Afghan Parliamentary Election

  KABUL: Sikh Afghan leader Awtar Singh’s son, Narender Singh Khalsa has obtained a seat in the Lower House of the Parliament or Wolesi Jirga, according to preliminary results of Afghanistan Election Commission. In a statement released by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC), Narender Singh has secured the seat on behalf of the Sikh and Hindu community of the nation. The parliamentary elections were held last year on October 20. However, the final results are still to be announced. In addition to Mr Singh, eight other individuals also secured seats in Wolesi Jirga. Lone Sikh candidate for the Lower House of the Parliament elections last year, Awtar Singh was killed in an ISIS attack in Jalalabad in July 2018. A total of 20 people lost their lives in the suicide blast including Awtar Singh. Awtar’s son had also suffered injuries in the terror attack but later recovered. Now, his son Narendra contested in the parliamentary election on behalf of his father. (Harleen Sandhu)

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