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Afghanistan: 27 killed in terror attack on Gurdwara in Kabul

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  • At least 25 worshippers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed a prominent gurdwara on Wednesday in the heart of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the strife-torn country.

    On Thursday, another blast took place near a Sikh crematorium here, injuring a child and disrupting funeral services for the 25 members of the minority community killed in the Gurudwara attack.

    Two blasts were heard as Afghanistan's two rival leaders held parallel presidential inaugurations in Kabul on Monday, underscoring the count...

    The common perception is that if the withdrawal of foreign forces takes place as per agreement and Taliban returns to power, a large number of Taliban fighters will be available to Pakistan’s ISI to recruit and induct into J&K. In a repeat of 1989-90, this will lead to a surge in the strength of terrorists in J&K in a repeat of 1989-90.

    President Ghani and his rival leader Abdullah Abdullah were each sworn in as president in separate ceremonies on Monday, throwing plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban into chaos and creating a piquant situation for the international community.

    Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Afghanistan on 28-29 February. It was his first visit abroad after taking over as India’s Foreign Secretary one month back and highlights the strategic partnership between the two countries.

    India condemned the attack, calling it “cowardly”. “We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh communities of Afghanistan,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

    On Monday, the Taliban announced that that it will only take part in the intra-Afghan talks in Oslo in March after the release of the prisoners. There were also reports that Taliban had stated that it would resume military operations against Afghan forces, but would spare foreign troops.

    The President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani said that the announcement of the joint declaration will open way for lasting peace in the country...

    The US-Taliban agreement spells out a withdrawal timeline of 14 months for all foreign forces, provided the Taliban honour several pledges and enter talks with Kabul for a more comprehensive peace deal. "The reduction in violence will continue with a goal to reach a full ceasefire," Ghani told a press conference.

    One of the deceased was Tian Singh, a 71-year old Delhi resident. The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack which came weeks after a historic deal between the US and the Taliban to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan.

    The External Affairs Ministry said India conveyed its sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wished speedy recovery to the injured. "India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh community of Afghanistan," it said.

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