United Kashmiri Sikhs Progressive Forum (UKSPF) Chairman Baldev Singh Raina on Monday announced to provide Rs 10 lakh for the repair and renovation of Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul.
On Saturday, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) attacked Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul. According to ISKP, ‘Abu Mohammed al Tajiki’ carried out the attack which lasted for three hours.
“United Kashmiri Sikh Progressive Forum will give Rs 10 lakh for the repair and renovation of Karte Parwan Gurdwara and we will raise more funds. In these difficult times we want to assure that every Sikh of India is with Afghan Sikhs and Sikh Community will rebuild the whole Afghanistan and always support the government,” said Raina.
Condemning the attack, the UKSPF chief urged the Government of Afghanistan to take care of Sikh minorities.
“We urge the Government of Afghanistan to take care of Sikh minorities and I assure you that they will always be available for the growth and development of the country. Sikhs of Afghanistan and India also share a bond of love and brotherhood,” said Raina.
He termed the attack in Karte Parwan Gurdwara as an “attack on humanity and Sikh community which is staying peacefully in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri handed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s letter to members of the Afghan Sikh community living in India as he participated in the last rites for Sawinder Singh, a Sikh man who was killed after Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISKP) attacked Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Afghanistan’s Kabul city, and offered his deepest condolences to the family and Afghan Community living in India.
Further, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has granted e-visas to over 100 Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan on priority, said government sources on Sunday.
According to ISKP, ‘Abu Mohammed al Tajiki’, the group claimed that besides submachine guns and hand grenades, four IEDs and a car bomb were also used in the attack.