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Ehsanullah Ehsan to be tried in accordance with law: Senate told

Ehsanullah Ehsan to be tried in accordance with law: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that the law will take its course in the case of former spokesperson of Tehrik-e-Taliban Ehsanullah Ehsan who had surrendered himself before an intelligence agency last year, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry assured the House that the TTP spokesperson involved in several terrorist incidents will not be pardoned.

He said that video statements of Ehsanullah Ehsan have also been made public, which are sufficient to reflect that the concerned departments are dealing his case as per of the law of the land.

The Minister of State said Pakistan has adopted a zero tolerance policy in the war against terrorism.

In a video released by Pakistan’s military in April last year, the former TTP spokesperson revealed that Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds and other assistance to Tehreek-e-Taliban militants to fight Islamabad.

Liaquat Ali, better known by his nom de guerre, Ehsanullah Ehsan, was a senior commander for the TTP, and later for a Taliban breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

Ehsan led both groups’ media campaigns, becoming a household name as the militants claimed responsibility for mass bombings and attacks that wrought chaos on Pakistan.

In his first appearance since it was announced last year he had surrendered, Ehsan alleged India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan’s NDS provided extensive help to the TTP.

Ehsan said “relations with NDS and RAW grew” after Pakistan’s military launched a major military campaign against the Taliban in their strongholds in North Waziristan in 2014, forcing the militants to flee across the border to Afghanistan.

“They supported (TTP), extending financial assistance and they also gave targets, and for each attack (TTP) charged a price,” Ehsan said in the video.

Ehsan said another way Afghanistan’s NDS agency helped the Tehreek-e-Taliban was by providing militants with identity cards to ease their movement inside Aghanistan.

“Their movement used to take place with the blessing of NDS and Afghan forces,” Ehsan said during the 6-minute video.

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