Taliban leader Anas Haqqani on 5 October visited the tomb of Mahmud Ghaznavi (referred to also as Ghazni), who had attacked the Somnath temple in Gujarat multiple times in the 11th century. Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani of the infamous ‘Haqqani Network’, glorified Ghaznavi, calling him “a renowned Muslim warrior”.
He announced with an elan the Taliban was proud of Ghazni who had smashed the idol of Somnath, a historic Hindu temple in present-day Gujarat of India.
The reconstruction of the Somnath temple in Gujarat, India, was started under the orders of the first Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel and was completed in May 1951 after his death. At present, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chairman of Shree Somnath Mandir trust.
In a tweet, Anas Haqqani said, “Today, we visited the shrine of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, a renowned Muslim warrior & Mujahid of the 10th century. Ghaznavi (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) established a strong Muslim rule in the region from Ghazni & smashed the idol of Somnath.”
Ghaznavi was the first independent ruler of the Turkic dynasty of Ghaznavids, who ruled from 998 to 1030 AD.
According to history, Mahmud Ghaznavi attacked the Somnath temple 17 times and finally ransacked it in 1024 AD. The chief deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. Ghaznavi specifically targeted Hindu temples since they were the centres of wealth, economy and ideology for the Hindus.
Anas Haqqani was a member of the Taliban’s negotiation team in its political office in Doha.
The Haqqani Network and the Taliban came closer during the 1990s, and this time once again, the terror group is part of the Taliban dispensation. Sirajuddin Haqqani, a global terrorist, heads Afghanistan’s interior ministry.
It is widely believed that Mullah Omar, the one-eyed founder of the Taliban, was radicalised in Darul Uloom Haqqania in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, from which the Haqqani network derives its name.
The Haqqani network is a jihad group incorporated in Pakistan with two of its members, Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of Taliban, and Khalil Haqqani, the Taliban emissary, carrying $ 15 million in reward on their heads. The group is linked to some of the most brazen attacks on Indian interests in Afghanistan.