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Centre grants 100 e-visas to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus after terror attack on gurdwara in Kabul

The attack on Saturday killed at least two people and injured seven

Centre grants 100 e-visas to Afghan Sikhs and Hindus after terror attack on gurdwara in Kabul

Charred gurdwara premises in Kabul on Satuday. Photo: Social media



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 19

Jolted by criticism following the attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan a day earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued 100 e-visas to Afghan Sikh and Hindus.

The realisation that there will be no let up in attacks on Sikh and Hindu minorities by the ISIS (known as Islamic State Khorasan Province - ISKP) and a tweet by philanthropist Puneet Chandhok led to overnight processing of visas.

Immediately after explosions hit the gurdwara, Chandhok had said, “On May 27 (three weeks back), I had forwarded the plea of Afghan minorities to MEA and Home Ministry for processing of pending e-visas since last one year for 150 Hindus & Sikhs still in Kabul. On multiple occasions (I) raised concerns and still the e-visa is awaited. I pray that all survive.”

The issuance of visas to the last lot of remaining Sikh and Hindu minorities comes against the backdrop of a 12-page pamphlet published by ISKP where it threatens attacks on “all Hindus” for two reasons – the growing closeness between the Taliban and New Delhi and the comments made against the Prophet Mohammed.

 It also called for widespread massacre of Hindus “wherever you find them”.

Another reason why any connection with India will be in the ISKP’s sights is because such attacks would build the image of a recently created Islamic State Hind Province (ISHP), which will focus on the subcontinent. The ISKP is understood to be bringing out its radicalising literature in Indian languages to target vulnerable youth of all three countries – Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

“44 ways of jihad booklet is famous among all kinds of jihadists. Many jihadists have written on this subject. It is considered one of the basic tools of propaganda. Now ISKP is presenting in Malayalam Language for South Indian people,’’ tweeted journalist Majid Nizami.

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