Kabul: A group of unidentified heavily armed Taliban officials on Tuesday entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul and vandalised the holy shrine and as per reports took several people under their custody.
"I have received alarming reports from Kabul. A group of unidentified heavily armed Taliban officials have entered Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul," said Puneet Singh Chandhok, President, Indian World Forum.
"They have taken the community present in the Gurdwara into custody. It is being alleged by the locals on the ground that the officials have broken off the CCTV cameras of the Gurdwara and vandalising the Gurdwara currently," added Chandhok.
A member of the Afghan Sikh minority, Sardar Govind Singh, said in a video posted on social media that the armed men had damaged most of the CCTV cameras at the gurdwara and broken open several locked doors.
Several posts on social media said the armed men who entered the gurdwara were believed to be Taliban members.
Karte Parwan Gurdwara is located in northwestern Kabul, Afghanistan.
Earlier, Nishan Sahib — Sikh holy flag was removed by the Taliban from the roof of a Gurdwara in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province.
The Gurdwara, located in the Chamkani area of Paktia, was once visited by Guru Nanak.
After the Pakistan backed Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan, the minorities in Afghanistan are being subjected to targeted killings, violence, and discrimination based on their religious and ethnic identity.
This attack on the gurdwara comes close on the heels of the cold blooded murder of a a well-known Sikh medical practitioner, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen inside his clinic on Thursday in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar.
Sardar Satnam Singh (Khalsa), 45, was at his clinic when attackers barged into his cabin and opened fire at him, as per the statement of Peshawar police.
About 15,000 Sikhs live in Peshawar, mostly in the Jogan Shah neighborhood of the provincial capital. Most of the Sikh community members in Peshawar are involved in business, while some also run pharmacies.
Both incidents have led to wide spread resentment amongst the global sikh community and have urged Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of the minorities both within its country and also across the border in the taliban controlled Afghanistan.
A vast majority of the Sikh community in Afghanisatna has already moved to India, whereby they have taken advantage of the recently enacted Citzenship Amendment Act (CAA) which allows minorities facing religious persecution to acquire Indian citizenship.
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