Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami says suicide attacks are called martyrdom or Istishhadi raids, if it’s meant for sacred causes.
Following the latest terror attacks in capital Kabul that killed and wounded hundreds of people, mostly civilians. Hekmatyar says ‘martyrdom’ attacks are holy Islamic action.
“If someone is tired of his life and suicides at the end is called suicide attack, but istishhadi [martyrdom] attacks mean when someone commits an attack for great holy goals,” Hekmatyar said during a special interview with Ariana News on Saturday.
Hekmatyar, however, stressed that killing innocent people is “haram” (forbidden), and Islam rejects any kind of attacks which being attempted for such cause.
“Every attack that takes place from any side and results in killing of innocent people, is haram. Islam rejects it and we condemn it in the strongest terms,” he said.
The Hezb-e-Islami leader Hekmatyar’s remarks come as he was accused of taking part in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban militant groups in Afghanistan, before signing a peace deal with the Afghan government on September 2016.