Indian leaders have strongly condemned the terror attack in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city on Sunday, July 1, that killed at least 19 people, including many Sikhs. A suicide bomber blew himself up in Jalalabad, where President Ashraf Ghani was to hold a meeting with provincial officials. A Sikh candidate for the upcoming October parliamentary polls was among those killed.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday, July 1 extended support of the state government to victims and their families. “Strongly condemn deadly attack by ISI on delegation of Sikhs and others on way to meet Afghan president. Let global community rise in one voice against barbaric forces of terror and vow to wipe out the menace from the world. My government extends all help to the victims and their families,” said the Punjab CM in a tweet.
On Monday, July 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also strongly condemned the attack and offered India's assistance to Kabul. "We strongly condemn the terror attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday. They are an attack on Afghanistan's multicultural fabric. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that the injured recover soon. "India stands ready to assist the Afghanistan government in this sad hour," said PM Modi on Twitter.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also expressed her condolences to the families of the victims and said she would be meeting them on Monday. "My heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack... We are with them in this hour of tragedy. I am meeting their relatives today at 6 pm in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan," she tweeted.
With IANS inputs