Pakistan Army on Wednesday released a confessional statement of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)/Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.
“My name is Liaquat Ali, aka Ehsanullah Ehsan and I belong to the Mohmand Agency,” he can be heard saying in the video. “I joined the TTP in 2008, when I was a college student,” Ehsan adds.
“I have been a spokesperson for TTP Mohmand, TTP’s central division, and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar,” he says. “I have played the role of a spokesperson and during my 9 years I saw a lot happening in TTP. They misguided dozens of people, especially the youth, into joining the organisation in the name of Islam.”
The video in Urdu has been released by the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations. Ehsan is currently in the army’s custody. Last week, DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor, during a press conference, revealed that the key commander of the outlawed TTP’s breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) had turned himself in. “As far as Ehsanullah Ehsan is concerned, he is in our custody. When there is more information regarding him to share, we will do so,” Maj-Gen Ghafoor said.
Ehsan, in the video further says, “They [the TTP leadership] got their [Indian] support, their funding and took money for every activity they did. They pushed the TTP soldiers on the frontlines to fight against the Pakistan Army and went into hiding themselves,” he added.
“When they started taking help from India and RAW, I told Khorasani that we’re supporting the kuffar [non-believers] and helping them kill our own people in our own country.”
They never lived up to their own slogans and what they preached, he adds in the video.
“A particular group misled the innocent, kidnapped them and extorted them for money,” he said. “The same group is responsible for bombings at various places; schools, colleges and university. This is against the teachings of Islam,” the TTP-JA spokesperson can be heard saying.
Further, Ehsan continues the fight for leadership intensified after Hakimullah’s death. “Everyone wanted to become the leader. After Hakimullah was killed, a new succession struggle began.”
Ehsan’s surrender had come in the wake of surrender by eight JuA commanders earlier this month. On April 3, the ISPR announced the surrender but gave out only three names – that of Akbar, Gul and Siraj. It is not confirmed whether Ehsan was among the eight militants or he surrendered later.
This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.