Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.
The Persian-speaking Hazara tribe in Afghanistan makes almost ten percent of the total population of the country, it makes them third third-largest minority, but they usually complaint for being discriminated under various regimes. On Saturday they were protesting in order to push the government for giving them their rights when they become victim of gory terrorist attacks of ISIS. They were protesting against the decision of the government to change the route of 500-kilovolt TUTAP power line which they believed would deprive them from the benefits.
Afghan government kept denying the increasing presence of ISIS in the country but growing involvement of the terrorist group in terrorist activities in the country should be enough for the government to come out from state of denial and initiate efforts to curb extremely violent terrorists. Officials in Afghanistan stated that ISIS in the past carried out many suicide attacks but most of them were in the eastern part of the country, but this time they have targeted Kabul and it should be a worrying sigh for the government.
President Ashraf Ghani vowed to punish those responsible for the attack. But on the other side stability in Afghanistan remains as elusive as ever. Policy makers in Pakistan also need to keep an eye on the growing influence of ISIS in Afghanistan near its border, from where TTP has planned few terrorist activities in Pakistan.
IS elements entwined with TTP in eastern Afghanistan pose a threat to the whole region.