Afghan Sikhs remove Guru Granth Sahib to safety as terrorists attack Kabul gurdwara
This picture taken on December 31, 2021, shows Afghan Sikh devotees praying at the Karte Parwan Gurdwara temple in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images)
GURU Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism, has been safely removed from Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, where a terror attack took place on Saturday (18). India Today cited sources saying that Afghan Sikhs entered the premises of the gurdwara which was on fire to protect the book.
They reportedly took the book to the house of Gurnam Singh, the president of the gurdwara, where it would be worshipped according to its sanctity.
Multiple blasts were reported from the gurdwara in Kabul and ISIS Khorasan is suspected to be behind the attack. India’s ministry of external affairs said it was closely monitoring the situation. According to sources, the entire gurdwara premises were set on fire and some people got trapped. There were also reports that armed men entered the holy place and opened fire and a couple of lives were lost.
The attack reportedly began around 7.15 am Kabul time and a 60-year-old man and a guard of the gurdwara were reportedly killed while three Taliban soldiers were injured.
Singh pleaded for global support for the Sikhs in Kabul who have found themselves in a spot ever since the US-led western forces exited the country last year and the Taliban returned to power.