Rawalpindi (May 10, 2017): Pakistan Army on Wednesday hinted at putting on trial former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, who had turned himself in earlier this year.
“Ehsanullah Ehsan’s confessional video was aimed at exposing the enemy designs against Pakistan before the ordinary citizens,” Director General Inter-services Public Relations (ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said during a press briefing.
Rejecting the notion that the military wanted to present Ehsan as a hero, the head of military’s media wing said former TTP commander’s fate will be decided as per law.
Last month, the former TTP spokesperson had surrendered before the security forces.
Earlier in the day, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior has issued directives to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government and the province’s inspector general of police for the inclusion of Ehsanullah Ehsan as an accused in the Malala Yousafzai attack case.
In a letter addressed to the K-P Home Ministry and the IG, Standing Committee on Interior Chairman Senator Rehman Malik said that since the TTP had claimed the responsibility for the terrorist attack on Malala at the time when Ehsan, who is now in Pakistan Army’s custody, was the spokesperson for the militant group, he should be included in the investigation.
Malik said the former TTP spokesperson should also be questioned about which foreign country was behind the attack. The senator also recommended the formation of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the case before briefing the standing committee.
Last month, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) revealed that the former TTP spokesperson had turned himself in. In a subsequent video confession, Ehsan publicly admitted that Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) are funding and helping the TTP and its affiliates carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan.