Shia clerics question silence of Sunni Muslims on killings in Afghanistan

Lucknow: Successive attacks on the Shia minority in Afghanistan has enraged the community members in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh which has sizable Muslim population in the state. The community leaders expressed their anger over Muslim community in the state not speaking against this in the country.

A top Lucknow-based Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad said: "No Sunni Muslim clerics have come out to condemn the killings. We have always supported them when any such incident happens... And this is not happening for the first time but from the past 25 years." If the Sunni Muslim Ulema from India and Pakistan start condemning the killings, then such incidents will not happen. But their silence is tacit support to the killings." 

Jawwad also alleged that the killings are result of a conspiracy by the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to wipe out the Shias since the past three decades. The cleric added that the Islamic State (IS), Taliban and other terror organisations have been operating with the support of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

He said that the Taliban has deceived the Shias by saying that everything will be normal and then cheated the community by killing them. Another cleric from Mumbai, Maulana Ashraf Zaidi told reporter over the phone that the incidents were condemnable and requested the Indian government to take the matter to UN. "I request our government to take the persecutions of Shias in both Pakistan and Afghanistan to UN as a sensitive country we should pay our attention on such incident." 

The Islamic State (IS) terror group on October 16, 2021 claimed that its Khorasan branch (IS-K) carried out the twin bombings inside the Shia mosque in Kandahar a day ago, that claimed the lives of 63 people while injuring 83 others. Friday's attack came exactly after a week when another Shia mosque in Kunduz city was hit by a suicide bombing which claimed the lives of at least 50 people. The IS-K had claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the deadliest since the US forces left Afghanistan at the end of August.

Minorities like Shia, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist are targeted in Afghanistan ever since Taliban taken over the country. Minorities in the country are seeking asylum across the world including India.