Ehsanullah Ehsan speaks for the first time after fleeing Pakistan
After fleeing from the custody of Pakistan's security agencies, Ehsanullah Ehsan spoke for the first time in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera.
During his first formal interview after escaping Pakistan, ex-Taliban Ehsanullah Ehsan has made some startling revelations. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Ehsan said that despite the Taliban sustaining ‘high losses’ during security operations, some pockets ars still active in Pakistan and hold the capacity to carry out terrorist attacks.
He talked to the said media source from an undisclosed location and on voice notes.
“We cannot say that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar or other anti-Pakistan [armed] groups are completely finished. They definitely have a set-up and perhaps they have gone silent as part of a plan. They are present in Pakistani cities and they have the ability to carry out attacks,” Ehsan said.
Escape from Pakistan:
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan allegedly ran away from Army’s custody. In an audio recording which he recently released, Ehsan claimed that he escaped from the military jail on January 11, 2020.
“I am Ehsanullah Ehsan. I am the former spokesman of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaatul Ahrar. I had surrendered to the Pakistani security authorities on February 5, 2017, under an agreement. I honored this agreement for three years, but the Pakistani authorities violated it and kept me in a prison along with my children,” he claimed in the audio message.
He claimed that he has broken out of jail and is currently in Turkey. He said that he struck a deal with agencies in Pakistan, but he was deceived by them.
‘Taliban will try to prove their presence’
While speaking to Al Jazeera, Ehsan said ‘the killing of Pakistani Taliban leaders such as then-chief Maulana Fazlullah in a 2018 US drone attack, and senior leaders Khalid Haqqani and Shahryar Mehsud two months ago have affected the organization, but not decimated it’.
“Their ability to launch attacks has definitely decreased, but they are not yet finished. They will continue to try to prove their presence,” Ehsan added.
~ The interview was first published in Al Jazeera.