Zabolon Simantov touches the mezuzah in his doorway. [Photo: Ezzatullah Mehrdad/Times of Israel]

KABUL, Afghanistan – The country’s only known Jewish, Zablon Simintov, said the future political system in Afghanistan should ensure the protection of all minorities in the country and their humanitarian rights, according to sources.

He believes maintaining the current political system is the best way to ensure protection of the gains the country reached to over the past two decades, calling on peace negotiators in Doha to prioritize a comprehensive ceasefire in the country.

“We are thirsting for peace, but first we want a ceasefire,” said Simintov as quoted by TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, a number of Afghan Sikh and Hindus said everyone is tired of war in Afghanistan, saying the ongoing efforts for peace should lead the country towards prosperity.

“We do not want more war, we should join hands, our Taliban brothers should come and join us to rebuild our country and get self-reliance so that our next generations can live in peace and stability,” said Narendra Singh Khalsa, a member of the Afghan Parliament.

“The outcomes of the talks should help those who left the country to repatriate to their homeland,” said Soni Singh, an Afghan Sikh in Kabul, according to the report.

This comes months after dozens of Afghan Sikh migrated to India, leaving their home and country behind, for protection from the ongoing war. The Indian government last month provided them with shelters and essential.


  • Muhammad Arif Sheva holds a B.A degree in Journalism from Int'l Peace Leadership College Rizal, Philippines. Sheva works as an editor and content writer for Khaama Press.