Mumbai: Taliban leader Anas Haqqani on Wednesday visited the tomb of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi and glorified the 10th-century invader by saying he was a “famous Muslim warrior” who “broke the statue of Somnath”.
Anas, the younger brother of the new Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, also posted photos of his visit to the tomb on social media.
“Today, we visited the shrine of Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, a renowned Muslim warrior & Mujahid of the 10th century. Ghaznavi (May the mercy of Allah be upon him) established a strong Muslim rule in the region from Ghazni & smashed the idol of Somnath,” he wrote.
In a series of tweets, Haqqani said that the ‘tombs of these celebrities inspire us with freedom, zeal and heroism’.
The shrines of these honors inspire us with freedom, pride & courage.
— Anas Haqqani(انس حقاني) (@AnasHaqqani313) October 5, 2021
According to inscriptions, the 10th century invader Mahmud of Ghazni or Mahmud Ghaznavi visited India 17 times between 1000 and 1025 AD. More than 50,000 Hindus were killed as a result of the bloody and brutal invasions.
According to records cited by the University of California, Los Angeles, ‘The Shiva Lingam is said to have been destroyed by Mahmud himself; After the battle, Mahmud and his soldiers are described as carrying the equivalent of 6.5 tonnes of gold across the desert. The famous, intricately carved, temple doors at Somnath were also removed’.
According to the official website of the Somnath temple, Ghaznavi destroyed the Somnath temple by ‘robbing, killing and burning and destroying innumerable pilgrims of the temple’. It was rebuilt, only to be destroyed again in 1706 by the Mughal king Aurangzeb.
In 1947, after India’s independence, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first deputy prime minister of the country took the decision to rebuild the temple. It was rebuilt on December 1, 1995, and was dedicated to the country by the then-president Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma.