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Haqqani-LeT, backed by Pak, behind Kabul gurdwara attack, believes Indian security establishment | India News

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NEW DELHI: While ISIS-Khorasan claimed responsibility for the devastating terrorist attack on a gurdwara in Kabul on Wednesday, the Indian security establishment believes that the real perpetrators of the attack are the Haqqani group conspiring with Pakistan’s ISI.

The attack, which claimed the lives of 27 people, Sikhs and other religions, generated strong criticism from India. In a statement, the MEA spokesperson said: “Such cowardly attacks on minority community religious worship sites, especially at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, reflect the diabolical mindset of the perpetrators and their sponsors.”

After the initial liability claim, a second statement allegedly by ISIS said the killings were revenge for Indian actions in Kashmir. If the first statement was not enough, the second made it clear that this was a Pakistani agenda at work, senior security officials here said.

Hussain Ehsani, a researcher in Kabul who works with fundamentalist groups like ISIS-Khorasan, said he believes the attack occurred because the Haqqani group and its collaborators, Lashkar-e-Taiba, together wanted to take revenge on India for the recent riots in Delhi. “The best place for revenge is Afghanistan. The collaboration between Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Haqqani group tells us that LeT and the Haqqani group accomplished this attack. ”

It must be remembered that the head of the Haqqani group, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is also the deputy leader of the Taliban. Both groups have the support of the Pakistan ISI.

Last week, the Taliban, in a post on their official website, stated that they had practically erased IS-Khorasan from Afghanistan. “The special forces of the Islamic Emirate, after Zabul, Jawjzan and Nangarhar defeated ISIS in Kumar province and destroyed its fort and eliminated it from the entire country. By taking refuge in the Singhlakh Mountains and hiding there, they planned to reorganize the group with their supporters, but the Islamic Emirate of the Islamic Republic took the initiative to silence the last voice of ISIS. “If ISIS has been effectively” removed “from Afghanistan as the Taliban have claimed, how did they carry out an attack of the magnitude of Wednesday?

So why did ISKP / ISIS take responsibility for today’s attack? Ehsani says that it is a kind of shadow game that the Haqqani group is playing. “Several attacks have recently been carried out in Kabul, and ISIS has claimed responsibility. But ISKP does not have the tactical and strategic capabilities to execute such complex attacks. The Haqqani group realized the importance of the ISKP brand and went behind the scenes. ”

This is confirmed by preliminary investigations by Indian security agencies. Working through the Taliban-LeT-Haqqani combination, Pakistan is considered to be behind today’s attack, arguably the worst attack on Sikh minorities in Afghanistan. As investigators analyze the evidence in Kabul, the Indian government is more convinced that Pakistan was behind the attack, which occurred just a couple of kilometers from the city’s safest green zone, implying a degree of sophistication that ISIS-Khorasan is not known to possess

In a recent report by the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies, the authors quoted Afghan security experts such as Amrullah Sales saying ISKP is “the manifestation of a” intelligence game “being played by Afghanistan’s neighbors.” Saleh said: “ISIS’s presence in Afghanistan is not genuine. It is an intelligence game played by some of our neighbors. “Pakistan, the report says, supports ISKP as part of a” hedging strategy. ”

The timing of the attack, sources said here, must be seen in the context of the prevailing security and political situation in Afghanistan: the uncertainty of the peace process, the unstable government, and the relative disinterest of the United States after the peace agreement with the taliban. .

Indian security sources believe this could be the start of more Pak-sponsored attacks on Indian interests in Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months.

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