President Karzai Approves Seat for Sikh and Hindu Afghan Nationals in Lower House of Parliament

President Hamid Karzai has approved, through a legislative decree, a special seat allocated for Sikh and Hindu Afghan Nationals in the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament.

Pursuant to Article 79 of the Constitution of Afghanistan, President Karzai approved the Cabinet amendments of 26 August 2013 to the Election Law, designating a particular seat in the Lower House of the Parliament for Sikh and Hindu nationals of Afghanistan.

In the Presidential decree, the President assigned the Ministers of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to submit the decree within 30 days after the National Assembly of Afghanistan resumes its first session.

The decree further adds that the amendments to the Election Law came into force upon signature by the President and shall be published along with the relevant Cabinet resolution in the official gazette.