Who is to blame? The signs are visible. The Wednesday’s attack on a Sikh temple at Kabul contains hallmarks of Pak-based terror outfits. Intelligence agencies says that Lashkar e Tayibba and Haqqani Network are responsible for the terrorist attack on Gurudwara in Kabul…. writes Kaliph Anaz
The US-Taliban peace deal in limbo as Jihadists on killing spree in Afghanistan. World condemns the terror attack on a Sikh temple at capital Kabul. US, Turkey, UAE, Oman, Kuwait… the list of countries condemning the attack are growing.
The entire world was shocked to see the attack on a place of worship amidst the Corona crisis. It’s like Churchstreet mosque episode unfurling in Afghanistan – exactly few days after its first anniversary. 27 Sikhs were killed in the incident.
One suicide bomber detonated himself at the entrance while three terrorists stormed the shrine in the Shorbazar area Won ednesday morning. Around 150 people were praying in the Gurudwara at the time of the attack. Afghan security forces killed all three terrorists in a day-long gun-battle after which NATO soldiers helped with the clearance operation.
Who is to blame? The signs are visible. The attack contains hallmarks of Pak-based terror outfits. Intelligence agencies says that Lashkar e Tayibba and Haqqani Network are responsible for the terrorist attack on Sikh Gurudwara in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan security sources speaking to Afghan Media said 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.
Pakistan’s strategy to dupe the international community in the pretext of war on terror is now an open secret. They are grooming terrorist groups on different templates to execute incidents to shock the world. They will avail international funds to neuter one group with the help of the other. A game of good terrorists versus bad terrorists. The bad terrorists will claim responsibility to exonerate the “culprits in the fold.” But how long the failed state can hoodwink the international community. As the old adage goes: You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
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.
History repeated in the latest attack also. Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP) took responsibility for the incident. But the defence experts are putting onus on Pakistan. They are the one promoting ISKP and other terror groups as a check on the Taliban. It’s a strategy to get US sympathy too. The US-Taliban peace deal is crucial for Pakistan because that will help them to regain the image tarnished with Paris-based FATF (Financial Action Task Force) ban on them.
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 peace deal and at the same time they want to settle diplomatic scores by unleashing terror on innocents through their mercenaries.
“Taliban will deny so that they are projected as a responsible organisation in line with US Taliban agreement. ISI will use the name of ISKP or unknown outfits to claim responsibility” an officer working with a Central Security establishment told Indian media. “This attack is clear message to India and a signal to curtail Indian influence in Afghanistan in the near future,” said another officer.
US Condemns Attack
The US condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the horrific attack on a Sikh temple and community center in Kabul.
The statement of the Acting Assistant US Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said: “We mourn the deceased and will hold the wounded, their families, and their community close to our hearts.”
“The US condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific ISIS-claimed attack on a Sikh temple and community centre in Kabul,” Wells added.
The United Arab Emirates has also condemned the terrorist attack. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation underscored the UAE’s utter condemnation of such criminal acts and full rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of religious and human values and principles.
The Ministry expressed the UAE’s condolences and solidarity with the victims’ families, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of a terrorist attack targeting Sikh Complex in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of these terrorist acts which reflected the deviant thought, reiterating the Kingdom’s stand and solidarity with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered sympathy and condolences to the families of victims as well as the government and brotherly people of Afghanistan, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
Turkey condemned the terrorist attack on a Sikh temple.
“We are saddened to hear about this morning’s terrorist attack on a Sikh temple in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul that resulted in loss of many lives,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack that targeted the multicultural fabric of Afghanistan.”
It added: “We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives, a speedy recovery to the injured, and convey our condolences to the friendly and brotherly people of Afghanistan.”