Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday strongly condemned the attack on a religious gathering in a Gurdwara in Kabul in which at least 11 people were killed.
Capt Amarinder described the attack as extremely “tragic and unfortunate”, requesting the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to find out about the perpetrators and look after the people of India.
Heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gurdwara in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 11 worshippers and wounding as many, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority community in the country, according to a media report.
“Horrific news coming from Kabul where a barbaric terror attack happened in the Gurudwara Guru Har Rai. It's extremely tragic and unfortunate. Request (Afghanistan) President @Ashraf Ghani Ji to find out the perpetrators and look after our people,” Capt Amarinder tweeted.
Condemning the ghastly attack, the Union Minister and Bathinda MP Harsimrat Badal said that she has requested the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to issue immediate instructions to the Indian High Commission to ensure the safety of the Sikhs.
“Shocked to learn about a ghastly terror attack at Gurdwara Sahib in #Kabul. I request EAM @DrS Jaishankar Ji to issue imm instructions to the Indian High Comm in Afghanistan to ensure the safety of our Sikh brethren trapped there..,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, SAD chief Sukhbir Badal also condemned the barbaric attack and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of safety of the Sikh community with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani urgently.
He said that it was unfortunate that Sikhs in Afghanistan had been “victims of forced marriages and conversions and killings for more than two decades now but no concrete steps had been taken to ensure their safety”.
“Sikhs are being systematically decimated in Afghanistan due to which thousands had fled the country to seek refuge in India…Now only around 300 Sikh families live in Afghanistan in the vicinity of Gurdwaras but even they are not safe with even gurdwaras being targeted as has happened today morning,” he added.
Sukhbir said that Sikhs, who had been displaced by the wave of violence against them by fanatics, should be rehabilitated.
He said that similarly, all Sikh places of worship in Afghanistan should be given due protection by the State.