Afghan Sikhs started repairing and rebuilding Gurdwara Dashmesh Pita Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib in Karte Parwan, Kabul, on Saturday.
Approximately 80% of the gurdwara was damaged in a recent terror attack on June 18, which was claimed by the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP). The attack killed two people, including Afghan Sikh Sawinder Singh and security guard Ahmad. A few Sikhs were also hurt.
On June 19, officials from Taliban-led Afghanistan’s ministry of interior affairs (MOI) met with Afghan Sikhs at the damaged gurdwara and “offered to support for reconstruction.”
The Afghan government has contributed approximately 41,64,000 Afghani in cash to the gurdwara’s reconstruction. Previously, 1.5 lakh Afghani cash was given for immediate maintenance supplies.”
The Afghani is the country’s currency, and one Indian rupee equals 1.13 Afghani.
He stated that on June 27, some officials from the Ministry of Interior in Afghanistan, including Maulavi Noor Jalal Jalaali, Maulavi Zein Ullah Aber, and Abdul Rahim Sabeq, met with Afghan Sikhs and Hindus and handed over cash assistance for community welfare and gurdwara construction.
“The minister of interior affairs in Afghanistan is conversing with the community directly,” said Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, who regularly communicates with Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. “They have set a team of engineers on Monday to survey and begin reconstruction of the gurdwara.”
Chadhok also stated that the local government in Afghanistan increased the compensation grant for those killed in the June 18 terror attack to ten lakh Afghani and three lakh for those injured. Previously, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MOI) provided 1 lakh Afghani for those killed and 50,000 Afghani for those injured.
Indian organizations have also offered assistance. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) have offered to help Afghan Sikhs maintain and preserve Sikh heritage in Afghanistan.
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