India Grants Visas to 111 Afghan Sikhs, Hindus After Kabul Gurdwara Attack

India on Monday has granted visas to 111 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus after Saturday’s terror attack at a Sikh temple (Gurdwara) in Kabul that killed at least two, including one worshiper and wounded seven others.

“They applied for the visa in September 2021, but the applications were cleared and the process was accelerated after armed men stormed at the central Gurdwara of the Afghan Sikh community in Kabul,” The Indian Express reported.

The attack took place when 25-30 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were gathered at Gurdwara to worship, Express reported citing sources.

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility and said the assault on Gurdwara was in response to alleged insults made against the Prophet Mahammad by two Indian government officials.

The attack casts a shadow on the Indian government’s plan to resume its diplomatic mission that had been suspended after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on August 15.

On June 2 and 3, an Indian delegation from the Ministry of External Affairs visited Kabul and met with Taliban leadership, discussing humanitarian issues, education, health and security.

The Indian team had also visited the Indian embassy premises in Kabul and the compound was described as “safe and secure.” 

However, the source said that Saturday’s attack highlights substantial threats for the Indian establishment in Afghanistan despite assurances from the Taliban side.

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