After decades of bloodbath in the name of jihad or holy war, terrorists are changing gear and indulging in qattal , an act by which they kill even their own people, a top Pakistan leader said. “Terrorists are now replacing the term jihad with the Islamic term qattal for their acts,” Hasham Baber, additional secretary general of Pakistan’s Awami National Party said.
Hardline religious leaders in Pakistan are now using the new term because moderate Muslims have started denouncing the use of jihad by terrorists who indulge in violence in the name of Islam, said Baber.
Explaining the term jihad, Baber, who was in India to attend an anti-terrorism conference, said: “It is not about fighting a war or battle or even killing people but a struggle for peace. It means a collective decision to struggle. Qattal , on the other hand, means I am allowed to kill a Hindu, Christian at will or even a Shia.”
Stressing that Islam does not permit killing of innocents, he said “Terrorism is being given a religious colour by fundamentalists out to achieve their skewed agenda.”
Baber, whose party is part of the newly-elected PPP-led coalition, said: “The religious education in Pakistan as whole has degenerated into bloodshed.”
The senior leader said what is now happening in the name of terrorism is nothing but proxy war.