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ISIS claims responsibility for the attack on Sikh Gurudwara in Kabul. But is it true? Is it a cover up to shield the real perpetrators of the crime? A number of attacks have been executed in Kabul recently, with responsibility being claimed by the ISIS. But the ISKP, Islamic State in Khorasan Province, the name under which the ISIS operates in Afghanistan, does not have tactical and strategic capabilities for executing such complex attacks. The Haqqani group, part of Pakistan-controlled Taliban, realised the importance of ISIS brand and put itself behind the scenes” …. A special report by Dr Sakariya Kareem

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The suicide bombers targeted a ‘dharamshala’ in Shor Bazar area of Kabul

Pakistan’s strategy to dupe the international community in the pretext of the war on terror is now an open secret. They are grooming terrorist groups on different templates to execute incidents to shock the world.

The defence pundits at Pindi fail to gauge the global anger against this despicable act against innocent Sikhs on prayer at a Gurudwara in Kabul. 28 people lost their lives and some of them are children. The attack contains hallmarks of Pak-based terror outfits.

Intelligence agencies say that Lashkar-e-Tayibba and Haqqani Network are responsible for the terrorist attack on the Sikh Gurudwara. The Islamic State claimed responsibility and photo of Abu Khalid al-Hindi. But the footprints are visible and they are leading to the masters at Pindi. Bad terrorists Vs Good terrorists. When the situation arises, the Bad will rush to help the Good.

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

Afghan security sources 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 cry baby syndrome is still going on. 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.

Afghan community leaders meet President Ghani

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. They claimed the attack was carried out by a four-member team. But the world knows the ground realities in Afghanistan. ISKP doesn’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”.

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Attack on Gurudwara in Kabul

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. News portals such as the Afghanistan Sun quoted highly placed Afghan sources as asserting that Pakistan’s premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), had ordered the attack on the hapless worshippers in the Gurdwara.

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”.

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.

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.

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