Kabul. After several explosions at a gurdwara in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday, the Indian government has announced to give e-visa to the Sikhs there. According to government sources, around 100 such visas have been issued so far. Let us tell you that after the Taliban occupation of Kabul in August last year, the Ministry of Home Affairs had issued e-visas. E-Visa for India can be taken through online application.
Two people, including a Sikh, were killed and seven others were injured in the attack on Saturday. At the same time, Afghan security personnel averted a major incident by preventing a vehicle laden with explosives from entering the gurdwara. The Associated Press quoted a Home Ministry spokesman as saying that first the gunmen hurled a hand grenade that caught fire near the gate of the gurdwara.
PM expressed concern
India has expressed strong objection to this attack. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the ‘barbaric’ terrorist attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan located in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. In a tweet, Modi said, “Shocked by the cowardly terrorist attack on Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. I condemn this barbaric attack and pray for the safety and well being of the devotees.
Indian government’s view
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar strongly condemned the “cowardly attack” and said the government was closely monitoring the situation after the incident. He said in a tweet, ‘The cowardly attack on Gurdwara Karte Parwan must be condemned in the strongest terms. We are closely monitoring the developments ever since we got the news of the attack. Our first and foremost concern is for the welfare of the community.
Sikhs are constantly running away from the country
According to the news agency AP, there were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan at the time of the 2020 attack. Since then, dozens of families have fled. But many have not been able to go to other countries due to financial weakness and they are living in Afghanistan, especially in Kabul, Jalalabad and Ghazni. Sikh community leaders estimate that there are only 140 Sikhs left in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, mostly in the eastern city of Jalalabad and the capital, Kabul. (with language input)
Tags: Afghanistan Blast, Kabul, Sikh Community
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 19, 2022, 09:22 IST