Taliban is the biggest hurdle to international recognition

Every now and then the Taliban relishes in making the point that it is the United States which is standing in the way of the international recognition of Afghanistan. All it would take for the powers that be in the Taliban is to look around and see who is the stumbling block.

Taliban is the biggest hurdle to international recognition
Taliban fighters take control of the Afghan presidential palace after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. (Source: Twitter)

The brazen attack on a Sikh Gurudwara in Kabul that killed at least two people besides wounding several others point to a pattern against religious minorities as a way of telling then that they have no business or right to stay in Afghanistan. Afghan Sikhs who have always been part of a vibrant community in that country are now said to be around 200, down from about one half million in the 1970s. And many remaining members of that community are reluctantly leaving behind what they have always considered their homeland after being issued emergency e-visas by India.

The building of Gurdwara Karte Parwan in Kabul suffered extensive damage in the attack, Saturday (Image: Indian Express)

This latest bloody incident on a holy site of the Sikhs is at least the third major attack since 2018 that has claimed scores of lives and hundreds injured and has expectedly invited the wrath and attention of the international community. And it offers no help to either the Sikhs living in that hapless country or other religious groups that the latest attack is the handiwork of the Islamic State and that the Taliban in an outreach to the Sikh community, has offered to help build back the Gurudwara.