Many horrifying stories emerged from a Gurudwara in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, after an ISIS terrorist went on a shooting spree on the innocents inside the religious place and then blew himself up. Ostensibly, the terrorist, had also been in touch with Haqqani network, a Pakistan backed terrorist group, this is not surprising as Pakistan’s spy agency has been on several occasions found to be in cahoots with terrorists. One of the most heart-wrenching story from the Gurudwara is that of a 6 year old boy who was shot in the head in front of his father. That day 27 Sikhs were killed in Jalalabad.
Attack on the minority community of Sikhs in Afghanistan, who are no more than 300 families, did not end on March 25, another bomb detonated near the gate of the crematorium when the funeral service of the victims was being carried out at a Gurudwara in Kabul. Though the funeral service was temporarily disrupted, but no one was injured. Before the civil war of 1991 broke out, it is estimated that there were about 250,000 Hindu and Sikhs living in Afghanistan, but their numbers have plummeted since then. India’s ambassador to Afghanistan has confirmed that the Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan have been issued long-term visas by the Indian government.
The chief of Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh, has now requested the Indian Prime Minister to help airlift Sikhs trapped in Afghanistan. It is to be noted that in the month of December,when Indian Parliament had passed citizenship amendment act(CAA), to facilitate persecuted minorities in India’s neighbourhood to get citizenship in India, Akali Dal had opposed the act.
Now it has been found that a shopkeeper from Kerala who had escaped to Afghanistan was the man who attacked the Gurudwara . Four years ago, the suicide bomber, Mohammad Sajid, had joined ISIS along with 14 others from Kerala. The south Indian state has been the hub of ISIS recruitment since 2016 when 98 people from the state migrated to Afghanistan after being indoctrinated by likes of Zakir Naik.