NEW YORK, USA—An Associated Press article mentioned that the prime accused who carried out the deadly attack was an Indian national. The gunman opened fire and held many worshippers hostage for hours as local Afghan forces and military tried to take control of the building. The attack left more than two dozen dead, including one child.
Associated Press cited the SITE Intelligence Group in its report, stating that the gunman has been identified as Indian national Abu Khalid al-Hindi, who carried out the attack to avenge the plight of Muslims living under severe restrictions in Indian-ruled Kashmir, Hindu India’s only Muslim dominated state.
Similarly, the Long War Journal reported that the gunman’s identity was established by his assumed name “Al-Hindi”. Report by the Long War Journal states –
“[ISIS] media team then issued a longer statement, identifying the main terrorist responsible as a man known as Abu Khalid al-Hindi. That nom de guerre indicates that he is likely from India, or India-ruled Kashmir. Indeed, the statement claims the attack was “revenge for the Muslims in Kashmir.”
The statement by AP has since been published by several leading publications, including the NY Times and Fox News. Some Sikh activists questioned the possible role of RAW behind the attack, but others dismissed the connection.
Is the Indian govnt behind Afghanistan terror attacks at the Gurdwara? Wouldn’t be the first time. Also this was tweeted by another member of Sangat and was removed by Instagram and the account reported. Is there something deeper going on? pic.twitter.com/EgstBDNWWB
— ਅ (@jagoayeea) March 26, 2020
Islamic State published photo of Abu Khalid al-Hindi, the IS inghimasi who was part of the team that carried out the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul, in newly released issue of Al-Naba.
As I had expected, the guy is from mainland India and definitely not Kashmiri. pic.twitter.com/A9YmwQIwJo
— 🏴☠️ FJ 🏴☠️ (@Natsecjeff) March 26, 2020
— Chaos is the new normal (@TheNewNormal19) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Kashmiris have continued to mourn the senseless killings of the Sikhs. Remaining members of the already small Afghan Sikh community in Kabul were joined by local human rights groups, who promised to stand by the community.
Massacre brought hope for Hindutva section ruling India to develop anti-Muslim mindset among Sikhs
After this massacre, the Hindutva leaders ruling India came up to condole this brutal massacre as it brought hope for them to develop anti-Muslim mindset among Sikhs. The RSS ideology wants Sikhs to be front-fighter as well as security cover of Hindus in their fight against Muslims but opposite is happening in India.
The Sikh ethos don’t allow Sikhs to compromise pro-humanity principles even in worst circumstances and that’s why the Sikhs stood up in back of Muslims in protest against contentious Citizenship Amendment Act despite being the beneficiary community in this law.
For the next few days, the India government will pretend to be a lone sympathizer of Sikhs using various tactics but it will not do anything in concrete for the security of Afghan Sikhs or bringing the perpetrators of this attack to justice.
Some Sikh netizens are seeking shifting of Afghan Sikhs to India for their secure future but they forget that the perpetrators of 1984 Sikh genocide are still roaming freely in the heart of India. Further, no efforts have been made even after two decades of Chittisinghpora massacre.
To conclude, we can say that no country is going to take up the fight against excesses on Sikhs and these excesses on Sikhs will continue till the Sikhs are stateless.