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Sikh man killed in terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Sikh man killed in terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Ironically, a large section of the Sikh community is now seen working in tandem with Muslims for disruptive activities across the country and abroad

Assailants belonging to Isis Khorasan had attacked the gurdwara early Saturday morning. Multiple blasts were heard from the Gurdwara Sahib premises. A Sikh man in a gurdwara that was attacked by terrorists has died in the attack that also injured seven others. 

The gunfight between the terrorists and the Afghan army is over but not before an IEA soldier was killed in the crossfire. Terrorists who stormed a Sikh gurdwara at the Karta-e-Parwan area in Kabul have been killed, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor confirmed today.

Earlier in the day, Afghanistan-origin Sikhs living in Kabul said that they had received calls from Gurnam Singh, the president of Gurdwara Kart-e-Parwan, informing them about the attack.

In India, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of the said he had spoken to Gurnam Singh who informed him that the incident occurred at 6 AM local time when a granthi was going inside the gurdwara for the morning parkash of the Guru Granth Sahib. Parkash is the first prayer in a gurdwara.

The Taliban regime has claimed its forces are gearing to take on Isis Khorasan. Many have been killed, but numbers are not known as gurudwara is out of bounds for civilians, an eyewitness to this morning’s attack said.

Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, said Gurnam Singh had informed that the terrorists had launched a major attack. He called for the immediate repatriation of minorities from Afghanistan.

There were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then, dozens of families have left but many cannot financially afford to move and have remained in Afghanistan, mainly in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni. Saturday’s incident is the latest targeted attack on a place of worship of a minority community in Afghanistan.

In March 2020, at least 25 worshippers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed a prominent gurdwara in the heart of Kabul, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the country.

India expressed ‘deep concern’ over the attack, saying it was “monitoring” the situation.

Editor’s note: Ironically, while the Indian state has always come to their rescue at critical times like what is seen in Afghanistan today, a large section of the Sikh community — not only in Canada and the United Kingdom but also in India — is now seen working in tandem with Muslims for disruptive activities in the country, as observed in cases of activism such as the year-long rich farmers’ agitation, incidents of lynching of Hindus in gurdwara of Punjab, the AAP winning the Punjab election with the help of Khalistani elements and the eruption of those elements after the electoral victory.

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