Washington, D.C., March 25, 2020 The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA), a coalition of Indian American civil rights organizations in the U.S., has condemned an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul in which at least 25 people are reported to have been killed.
“This reprehensible violence violates the basic tenets of Islam and must be condemned in the strongest terms,” Ahsan Khan, President of Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC), a constituent organization of AJA, said. “Our prayers are with the families of the victims.”
“The targeting of religious minorities for mass violence must end immediately,” said Thenmozhi Soundararajan of Equality labs expressing solidarity with the global Sikh community. “This is a time for all of us to come together collectively to overcome the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
While appreciating the Afghan police for killing the attackers in a standoff lasting hours, the AJA said the attack underscored the challenges escalating violence will pose in Afghanistan in the uncertain times likely to follow the withdrawal of the U.S. military.
“It is imperative that the Afghanistan government immediately provide and strengthen the security for all religious minorities and their places of worship in that country,” IAMC’s Ahsan Khan said. “Any loss of innocent lives is unacceptable,” Mr. Khan added.
The AJA also underlined that the people of Afghanistan and India share a relationship that is deep and centuries old. Not only Afghanistan’s religious minorities such as Hindus and Sikhs but also Afghan Muslims have deep historical kinship with Indians. India has been a key ally in rebuilding Afghanistan and Indians have settled there for generations.
The AJA includes organizations that represent progressive groups and people of all faiths or no faith