Wednesday, April 26, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army released a video confessional statement on Wednesday of former Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan in which he provided details of terrorist organisations working with hostile foreign agencies to destabilise Pakistan.
Ehsanullah Ehsan can be seen admitting the terrorist organisations' nexus with Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies and security forces in carrying out subversive activities in Pakistan.
Earlier this month, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor had announced that Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesperson of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, had surrendered to the Pakistan Army.
Ehsan was previously the spokesperson of the TTP but later joined the JuA splinter faction.
"My name is Liaquat Ali alias Ehsanullah Ehsan and I am from Mohmand agency. I joined the TTP in 2008. I was a college student back then. I was also the spokesman for the TTP Mohmand agency chapter. After that, I became the central spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and later the spokesman for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar," Ehsan can be heard saying in the video statement.
"I have seen a lot in the nine years with the TTP. They recruited people by misleading them in the name of Islam, especially the youth, for their own gains," he says.
"They (TTP) themselves could not come up to the standards they advocated," he says.
"A particular group is extorting money from innocent Muslims, killing and kidnapping them. These people carry out bombings in public places, attack schools, colleges and universities. Islam does not teach us this."
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The former TTP and JuA spokesman also reveals details of a battle of succession that ensued between different terrorist leaders after the killing of former TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in late 2013.
"When the operation started in the tribal areas, the quest for power intensified among these people and everyone wanted to be the leader of the organisation."
Ehsanullah says that after the killing of Hakimullah the process of succession started in the organisation and a sort of electoral campaign started. "During this time Omar Khalid Korasani, Khan Saeed Sajna, Mullah Fazlullah they were all a part of this. Everyone wanted to gain power so the shura decided that names would be shortlisted through a lucky draw, through which Mullah Fazullah was elected the leader."
"What can you expect from an organisation whose leader is elected through a lucky draw? And then the leader was a person of questionable character, who married his mentor's daughter by force and took her away. These types of personalities, these types of people, are neither capable of nor are they serving Islam," he says.
"After the operation in North Waziristan, we all fled to Afghanistan. I saw there (in Afghanistan) these people developed contacts with India and RAW. They (India and RAW) supported, provided finances, and targets. They (TTP) took money for every activity they did," admits the former militant spokesman, a confirmation of Pakistan's long held position that Indian spy agency RAW and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Intelligence have been fomenting terrorism in Pakistan.
"They pushed TTP soldiers on the frontlines to fight against the Pakistan Army and they themselves went into hiding," he says.
Ehsanullah Ehsan (L) can be seen here with TTP militant commander Adnan Rasheed.—File photo
"When they started taking help from India and RAW, I told Omer Khalid Khorasani that what we are doing is helping the kuffar (non-believers) by conducting activity in our country with their (India and RAW) money. It was a type of assistance to them (India and RAW).
"He (Khorasani) told me that even if offered by Israel he would take funds to destabilise Pakistan. At this point, I figured out that through a specific agenda and for their own self-interests they (TTP) were doing all of this."
"These organisations have formed committees in Afghanistan through which they maintain contact with NDS and RAW. NDS had issued them ID cards through which they could move around with ease. These ID cards in Afghanistan had the same function as the ID cards in Pakistan. Without this document and keeping in mind the security situation in Afghanistan, it would be difficult for them to move in that country," he says.
"They would be in contact with NDS and Afghan forces when they moved and would be provided passage by them (NDS and Afghan forces) who would guide their infiltration into Pakistan."
"In recent operations by the Pakistan Army especially in the Afghan areas of Parchua and Lalpura, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar camps were destroyed and commanders killed. This forced them to leave this area which was their base," he says.
"After this, from the commanders to lower ranks in the Jammat morale is low. Those who remain there and want to leave, I want to give them a message to stop and adopt the path of peace and return to a life of tranquillity."
"After the operations, when media coverage of these people decreased, they started using social media to mislead young innocent people. They used wrong interpretations of Islam to share messages on social media and shared propaganda through which they caught these youngsters in their trap.
"I want to especially tell youngsters who use social media to not get caught in the wrong propaganda of these people. They are playing in the hands of outsiders for their personal interests.
"The reasons I discussed here led to my decision to voluntarily surrender to the Pakistan Army," concludes the former TTP and JuA spokesman in the confessional video statement.
The attack on Malala Yousafzai in 2012, in which the child activist sustained injuries to her head but survived.
The rocket attack on Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar in December 2012, in which four people were killed.
Killing of nine foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan in June 2013.
Twin attacks in Mohmand agency in November 2014, in which six peace committee members were killed.
Suicide attack at Wagah Border in November 2014, killing 60.
Suicide attack in Attock in August 2015, which killed then-home minister of Punjab Shuja Khanzada, and 13 others.
Suicide attack in Allama Iqbal Park, Lahore in March 2016, resulting in the death of 72 people.