Former TTP spokesperson claims he was asked to join death squad in Pakistan

By Special Correspondent

Islamabad: In a unprecedented move, a former Spokesperson of TTP has reportedly claimed that some powerful individuals in Pakistan wanted him to be part of a “death squad” that comprised surrendered terrorists from various groups.

Intelligence agencies in Pakistan are trying to verify authenticity of audio tape. Ehsan told The Sunday Guardian, an Indian publication, that he would be making the names of the individuals who were on this death list, public very soon.

Many in Pakistan believe the audio tape must be fake and an attempt by Indian side to malign Pakistan army.

“It’s absolutely a fake audio take engineered to malign Pakistan. Look! who broke the news? It’s Indian media who broke the news about audio tape. Several fake campaigns like this had been launched by Indian side,” Mohammad Shoaib, an analyst and researcher based in Lahore told this correspondent.

This correspondent made several telephone calls to Ehsanullah Ehsan. However, he didn’t respond until filing of this report.

It’s worth noting that, in July this year, Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s former Ambassador to United States of America, now an outspoken Senator of Pakistan’s Parliament Ms Rehman asked the government to share details of the entire episode, and asked as to who had set Ehsan free.

“He was the one who accepted responsibility (on behalf of the TTP) of Army Public School massacre in Peshawar,” she pointed out.

Referring to a tweet by Ehsan, in which he had said that PPP chairman would meet the fate of his mother, the senator said Prime Minister Imran Khan would be responsible if any harm came to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. She also criticised the prime minister for terming “a terrorist like Osama bin Laden a martyr”.

In an interview with Aljazeera in April this year, Ehsanullah Ehsan had said the Pakistani Taliban has suffered major losses from American and Pakistani security operations in recent years, but its cells remain active in Pakistan’s cities and are still capable of carrying out attacks, a former spokesman has told Al Jazeera.

The group and its allies remain active in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, said Ehsanullah Ehsan, once one of the most high-profile leaders of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban or the acronym TTP, who later co-founded the armed group’s breakaway faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA)

“We cannot say that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ur-Ahrar or other anti-Pakistan [armed] groups are completely finished,” he said. “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.”

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