28th March 2020
The brutal terrorist attack on a Gurdwara (Sikh temple) Har Rai Sahib in Kabul Afghanistan, yet again shows the mirror to the people who are living in denial about the persecution of religious minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists) in Islamic countries.
The attack took place on March 25th 2020, which claimed over 25 lives, including 11 children. ISIS has claimed responsibility. However, as per reports, it was orchestrated by the Haqqani Network led by the Taliban’s Deputy Commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and elements of LeT (Pakistan’s prominent terror outfit), the terror attack has been code-named Blackstar.
As many as 4 terrorists, armed with AK-47 stormed the Sikh Temple and open fired; killing 25 of the worshipers in cold blood. Out of which one terrorist was killed by the security forces and rest managed to escape. According to reports, the real target was the Indian Embassy. However, based on the Western Intelligence Reports, security was beefed up at the Indian Embassy. Based on information from Afghanistani and Western Security Agencies, the strike was ordered by Quetta Shura, from the Taliban at the behest of Pakistani deep state, with the larger motive of driving out India from Afghanistan.
The entire operation was code-named Blackstar, by Pakistan Intelligence, which used the Haqqani network lead by Taliban Commander and elements of LeT. As per media reports, Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI is believed to be the puppeteer of this attack.
The attack has been condemned around the world by humanitarian organizations, like the Alliance for Persecuted Peoples Worldwide (APPWW). Their press statement: “We condemn the violent killings of 25 Sikhs, mostly women, and children, in Kabul, Afghanistan by ISIS. These terrorist attacks on religious minorities are inhuman and a violation of basic human rights, as well as religious rights of minorities in Afghanistan. Our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the deceased victims.
We call upon the government of Afghanistan to provide protection to their communities. This incident again highlights the risks faced by persecuted minorities in Afghanistan. We call upon the Government of India to accelerate the implementation of their Citizenship Amendment Act, so that persecuted Sikhs and other religious minorities from Afghanistan, can get shelter and refuge.” APPWW is a 501c(3)tax-exempt non-profit, in the State of Washington, USA.
Sikh Community, leaders like Mr. Amrik Kamoh, ex-secretary of Guru Nanak Sikh Society in Greater Seattle (1985-89) who is currently Regional Vice-President of NFIA of North Pacific Region expressed his grief, “ Sikh Community is totally bruised with the sad incident in Kabul Afghanistan. No matter where Sikhs are, we always stand up for the sake of humanity and support those in need. We, the Sikhs in NW are very thankful to APPWW on sharing your thoughts and sympathies about this incident and standing up with the community.”
As per Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), Mohammed Sajid Kuthirulmma alias Abu Khalid Al-Hindi, from Kerala is one of the terrorists involved in the attack on Sikhs in Kabul. Four years ago, Mohammed Sajid Kuthirummal had escaped to join ISIS. Before he did, he was a shopkeeper in Kasargod, Kerala. He had joined ISIS along with 14 others from Kasargod itself. Mohammed Sajid Kuthirummal was wanted by Indian agency NIA, in its 2016 Kasargod ISIS module case and had a red corner notice out against him.