Defence experts believe that the ISKP serves as a red herring for the Haqqani network. Therefore, despite the rather prompt and loud confessions of guilt by the ISIS, it appears almost certain that the ISI played a clear role in orchestrating the attack …. Reports Asian Lite News
Mawlawi Abdullah aka Aslam Farooqui, a former associate of Pak-based Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-e-Tayebba (LeT) group, held in custody on charges of orchestrating the attack on Kabul Gurdwara on March 25. He was arrested along with 20 associates.
27 people, including women and women, were killed in the brutal attack. In a special operation, Afghan security forces nabbed Farooqui, the emir of Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP).
Pakistani national Farooqi replaced Mawlawi Zia-ul-Haq aka Abu Omar Khorasani as ISKP chief in April 2019. He belongs to Mamozai tribe and from Orakzai agency area on Pak-Afghan border, the Hindustan Times reported.
Arrest of Farooqi will expose the real culprits behind the attack. Afghan security sources earlier told Asian Lite that the Haqqani network, an ISI controlled group that is part of the Taliban, wanted to attack the Indian mission in Kabul but failed due to tight security. Since they were not able to attack the Indian mission, they attacked the Gurudwara instead. A soft target like the mosque at Christchurch in New Zealand.
Defence experts believe that the ISKP serves as a red herring for the Haqqani network. Therefore, despite the rather prompt and loud confessions of guilt by the ISIS, it appears almost certain that the ISI played a clear role in orchestrating the attack.
According to counter-terror operatives in Kabul and Delhi, Farooqi on the instructions of Haqqani Network and LeT used Kasaragod resident Muhsin Tikaripur along with three other Urdu-Punjabi speaking attackers to raid the Sikh gurudara at Shor Bazaar, Kabul on March 25.
Mawlawi Farooqui is now going to be questioned by Afghan National Directorate of Security to find out who ordered the attack on innocent Sikhs and what was the role of Pakistan in the terror strike. Farooqui is also expected to come up with names of his other terrorists in his group, which operates in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar, Kabul and Kandahar area.
Attack on Innocent Sikhs
This is the deadliest attack since the peace deal was signed between the US and Taliban in Doha, where the US has agreed to completely withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The deal was signed in the presence of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. But, is he committed to protect peace in Afghanistan.
Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP) took responsibility for the incident. But they don’t have the resources and network to execute such a major attack. The defence experts are now putting the onus on Pakistan. The choice of the target for the attack, a tiny minority Afghans of Indian origin with no real stakes within Afghanistan, drew focus on neighbouring Pakistan’s role, especially given that it has been behind all other major attacks over the years against Indian interests in the country.
Pakistan has made no bones about its keenness to force India out of Afghanistan.
Amrullah Saleh, a former head of the Afghan intelligence agency the National Directorate of Security, was quoted in a recent report of the Afghan Institute of Strategic Studies as saying that, “the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan is not genuine. It is an intelligence game played by some of our neighbours”. Pakistan, the report says, supports the ISKP as part of a “hedging strategy”.
Another clue that raised the spectre of Pakistani involvement was the reported release of a second statement by ISIS after the Gurdwara attack in which it said that the killings in Kabul were revenge for Indian actions in Kashmir.
Hussain Ehsani, a Kabul-based researcher on ISKP, says that the attack was carried out by the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, both of which are supported by the ISI.
On why, then, had the ISIS claimed responsibility, Ehsani explained that “A number of attacks have been executed in Kabul recently, with responsibility being claimed by the ISIS. But the ISKP does not have tactical and strategic capabilities for executing such complex attacks. The Haqqani group realized the importance of ISKP brand and put itself behind the scenes”.
The attack on innocent civilians at a place of worship by Pak-sponsored terror outfits will drain Pakistan’s credibility and its commitment to guarantee peace in Afghanistan. They want the benefits of the peace deal and at the same time, they want to settle diplomatic scores by unleashing terror on innocents through their mercenaries.