Pakistan

RAWALPINDI – Former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan confessed on Wednesday that the militant group TTP had links with Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.

The TTP-JA spokesperson in the video released by the military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations admitted that he was involved in activities of the terrorist group TTP that had links with RAW and Afghan spy agency NDS.

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Ehsan in his video expressed that his name was Liaquat Ali, aka Ehsanullah Ehsan and he belonged to the Mohmand Agency. He said he joined the TTP in 2008, when he was a college student.

‘I have been a spokesperson for TTP Mohmand, TTP’s central division, and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and I have played the role of a spokesperson and during my 9 years, I saw a lot happening in TTP. They misguided dozens of people, especially the youth, into joining the organisation in the name of Islam’ he noted.

Ehsan, in the video, spilt the beans regarding the TTP leadership adding that they got their [Indian] support, their funding and took money for every activity they did.

“These [terrorists] used to keep in contact with Afghan and Indian security forces before they moved anywhere in the country. They used to grant them passage and guide their infiltration attempts into Pakistan.”

‘They pushed the TTP soldiers on the front lines to fight against the Pakistan Army and went into hiding themselves,’ he lamented.

Ehsanullah Ehsan, who recently surrendered to Pakistan Army maintained that when they [TTP] started enlisting the help of India and RAW, he told Khorasani that they were supporting the kuffar [non-believers] and helping them kill our own people in our own country.”

“He [Khorasani] said: ‘Even if Israel wants to fund me to destabilise Pakistan, I will not hesitate to take their help’.”

“At that point, I had figured out that the TTP was functioning according to some sort of agenda that served the self-interest of its leaders.”

“These [terrorist] organisations have established committees in Afghanistan through which they communicate and coordinate with RAW. The Indians had given them special visas to help them move around Afghanistan with ease. In Afghanistan, these visas function like Pakistani ID cards.”

“Without these documents, it is very difficult for terrorists to move around Afghanistan considering the security situation in that country,” Ehsan revealed.

‘They never lived up to their own slogans and what they preached’ he adds in the video.

The TTP commander went a mile more and observed that a particular group misled the innocent, kidnapped them and extorted them for money.

“The same group is responsible for bombings at various places; schools, colleges and university. This is against the teachings of Islam,” said TTP-JA spokesperson.

“Adopt the path of peace, and come back to a life of tranquillity.” said Ehsanullah Ehsan and confirmed that the attack by Pakistan Army resulted in the destruction of several Jamaat-ul-Ahrar camps in Afghanistan.

Further, Ehsan continues that the fight for leadership entered in a cut-throat mode after Hakimullah’s death and said: Everyone wanted to become the leader. After Hakimullah was killed, a new succession struggle began.

Full Transcript of Ehsanullah Ehsan’s confessional statement

“My name is Liaquat Ali, aka Ehsanullah Ehsan, and I belong to the Mohmand Agency,” Ehsan is heard saying at the beginning of the the video.

“I joined the TTP in 2008, when I was a college student.”

“I have been a spokesperson for TTP Mohmand, TTP’s central division, and the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar,” he says. “I have seen a lot in my nine years with these organisations.”

“These people have misled people in the name of Islam, especially the youth, for their own ends. They themselves do not hold themselves to the same standards they champion for others.”

“A particular group [within them] is responsible for misleading people, kidnapping them and extorting them for money, and murdering innocents,” he says. “These people have been behind bombing attacks in public spaces and attacking schools, colleges and universities. This is not what Islam teaches us,” he says.

“When the operation in Waziristan kicked off, these people started fighting within themselves for more power and leadership,” Ehsan reveals.

“After Hakimullah was killed, a new succession struggle kicked off,” Ehsan says. “Separate campaigns were kicked off in support of Omar Khalid Khorasani, [Khan Said] Sajna and Mullah Fazlullah. Everyone wanted power, so a shura decided that there would be a draw of names for who would be leader. This is how Mullah Fazlullah was elected leader of the TTP.”

“What can you expect from a leader who was nominated through a lucky draw? And what can you expect from Fazlullah, who married his mentor’s daughter by force and took her away. People like him are not fit to serve Islam,” he says.

“After the operation in North Waziristan, we fled to Afghanistan,” Ehsan continues.

“Over there, we established and developed contacts with India and RAW,” Ehsan claims.

“They [the TTP leadership] got their [Indian] support, their funding and took money for every activity they did. They pushed the TTP soldiers to the frontlines to fight against the Pakistan Army and went into hiding themselves,” he adds.

“When they started taking help from India and RAW, I told Khorasani that we’re supporting the kuffar [non-believers] and helping them kill our own people in our own country.”

“He [Khorasani] said: ‘Even if Israel wants to fund me to destabilise Pakistan, I will not hesitate in taking their help’.”

“At that point, I had figured out that the TTP was functioning according to some sort of agenda that served the self-interest of its leaders.”

“These [terrorist] organizations have established committees in Afghanistan through which they communicate and coordinate with RAW. The Indians had given them special documents to help them move around Afghanistan with ease. In Afghanistan, these documents function like Pakistani ID cards.”

“Without these documents, it is very difficult for terrorists to move around Afghanistan considering the security situation in that country,” Ehsan claims.

“These [terrorists] used to keep in contact with Afghan and Indian security forces before they moved anywhere in the country. They used to grant them passage and guide their infiltration attempts into Pakistan.”

“Since Pakistan Army destroyed several Jamaat-ul-Ahrar camps in Parcha and Lalpura and killed many of their commandoes in its ongoing operation, they’ve had to flee the area and abandon their stronghold. Due to this, the morale of their commanders and their senior leadership has been shaken.”

“There are people in those camps who have had enough — who want to quit. I want to send out a message to them.”

“Stop what you are doing and adopt the path of peace, and come back to a life of tranquility.”

“When these people stopped getting airtime and coverage in media to the ongoing operations, they turned to social media to rope in young people who do not know better,” he continues.

“They started misleading them and provoking them using wrong interpretations of Islam. They spread propaganda and statements that could turn young people onto their side.”

“I have a message for young people too: these people are fighting only for their selfish designs and are being used by external forces.”

“The reasons I have discussed here turned me away from these organisations and motivated me to turn myself over voluntarily to Pakistan Army,” concludes his statement.

The video in Urdu has been released by the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations. Ehsan is currently in the army’s custody.

Last week, DG ISPR Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor confirmed: As far as Ehsanullah Ehsan is concerned, he is in our custody. When there is more information regarding him to share, we will do so,”