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On “priority”, India grants e-visas to over 100 Sikhs Hindus from Afghanistan after terror attack on Gurdwara

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: After the terrorist attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, India has granted e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan. Government sources said on Sunday that the Ministry of Home Affairs has given these people electronic visas on priority basis. Terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack on the gurdwara in the Afghan capital. Two people, including a member of the Sikh community, were killed in this attack.

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After the attack on the gurdwara in Kabul, India has given e-visas to over 100 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus on priority, a source said.

Since the Taliban came to power on August 7, Afghanistan has been under constant attack by the rival Sunni Muslim terrorist group Islamic State. At the time of the 2020 attack, there were less than 700 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. Since then, dozens of families have moved elsewhere, but many have been unable to move to other countries due to financial constraints and are living in Afghanistan, mainly 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.

Attacks by rival Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State have continued in the country since the Taliban came to power in August last year. Saturday’s incident is the latest targeted attack on a place of worship for a minority community in Afghanistan.

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ISKP claims responsibility for Kabul gurdwara attack
Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) claimed the responsibility for the attack on the gurudwara in Kabul. As per ISKP, ‘Abu Muhammed al Tajiki’ carried out the attack as revenge for the insult of Prophet Muhammed by now-suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma.

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