Fighting hate can’t be selective exercise: India at UN after Kabul gurdwara attack

In his message to the Afghan Hindu-Sikh community after Saturday’s attack on a Kabul gurdwara, PM Narendra Modi wrote, “I would also like to offer my prayers for the victims of the terror attack, Late Shri Sawinder Singh and gurdwara employee Ahmed Moradi, an Afghan citizen. I extend my heartfelt condolences to their family members. ”

At the UN, participating in adebate on hate speech, Indian ambassador TS Tirumurti condemned the “cowardly, dastardly” attack, saying this was “a terrible” example of hate crime. He also reiterated India’s position that there cannot be “double standards” on religiophobia and combating it should not be a “selective exercise” involving only one or two religions but also apply equally to non-Abrahamic religions.

Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul’s Bagh-e Bala neighbourhood on Saturday became the latest target of attack on minority communities’ places of worship in Afghanistan. The Islamic State-Khorasan had claimed responsibility for the attack that killed two persons, including one Sikh community member. According to the terror group, ‘Abu Moham- med al Tajiki’ carried out the attack which lasted three hours. It claimed that besides submachine guns and hand grenades, four IEDs and a car bomb were also used in the attack.

Following the attack, India had given e-visas to more than 100 Sikhs and Hindus living in Afghanistan. Many of them are expected to arrive here later this week in a special flight.