There has been widespread condemnation of attack on a Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul on Wednesday 25 March in which 25 worshippers died and many more were injured, claimed to be perpetrated by ISIS.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission severely criticised those behind these killing of innocent people while the humanity was fighting the common enemy in the form of coronavirus pandemic and offered his sincere condolences to Sikh community who have been enthusiastically supporting the anti-CAA legislation protests.

The Sikh community in India and globally has been very supportive of  Indians protesting against discriminatory laws being legislated by the BJP Hindu Nationalist government led by PM Narendra Modi.

Sikhs have been providing security, support and meals for iconic Shaheen Bagh protestors in New Delhi for months and have developed close relationship generally with Muslims after the restoration of visa free visiting rights to Nankana Sahib in Pakistan championed by PM Imran Khan.

The Taliban denied any involvement in this brutal attack while they have been making a peace deal with the US and are under pressure to reduce violence and enter into talks with the Afghan government.

But ISIS is allied with neither the government nor the Taliban and has continued its brutal and indiscriminate attacks in Afghanistan.

Earlier this month they targeted the Hazara Shia community in Kabul at noon on Friday 6 March 2020  at the site of a gathering of hundreds of people in which 32 persons died and dozens were wounded.

Again while the Taliban denied any involvement while ISIS blatantly claimed that they were behind that atrocity.

The attack on the Gurdwara, Sikh place of worship was reportedly perpetrated by a lone gunman who was also killed. There was also report of a blast nearby while investigation was being carried out and bodies removed after the attack.

Anarkali Honaryar, an Afghan Sikh politician reached by phone said that children were among the casualties and that it took security forces hours to secure the site because of the large number of civilians present.

A defense official of the coalition of foreign forces in Afghanistan said the response to Wednesday’s attack was “Afghan-led and Afghan-executed, with some advice and assistance from Resolute Support.”

As expected Indian mainstream media aligned with the Modi government is blaming Pakistan for the attack while Muslims on social media are talking about conspiracy theories designed to shatter the goodwill between Muslim and Sikh communities.