Former spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan rips apart TTP in confession video

Published: April 26, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: In a development that highlights the murky world of intelligence agencies using militant groups for their own ends, the Pakistani military on Wednesday released a video confession of a senior militant leader, who gave a rare insight into the working of terrorist groups, including murderous Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s connections with Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies.

Pakistan has long insisted 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 to carry out terrorist attacks in the country.

But this is the first time that a senior TTP commander, who spent almost a decade with the group before turning himself in last week, publicly admitted the RAW-NDS nexus to harbour anti-Pakistan terrorist groups.

In the six-minute video confession released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), TTP’s former spokesperson Liaquat Ali, better known by his nom de guerre, Ehsanullah Ehsan, divulged details of how the outfit used the name of Islam to misguide young minds and even willing to accept help from countries such as Israel to carry out terrorist activities.

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The highlight of his recorded statement during which he appeared calm and composed was his disclosure about the role of NDS and RAW in using groups such as TTP to create unrest in Pakistan.

He said the TTP leadership had fled to Afghanistan as a result of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan. He said in Afghanistan he had come to know that the TTP had established links with RAW and NDS.

“The NDS arranged Afghan national identity cards to TTP commanders and foot soldiers to ease their movement inside Afghanistan,” says Ehsan in his first appearance since it was announced last week he had surrendered.

Ehsan, who holds a master’s degree, joined TTP’s Mohmand chapter in 2008 while still a college student and was given the nom de guerre of Sajjad Mohmand. At the time commander Abdul Wali, alias Umer Khalid Khorasani, was the head of the Mohmand chapter. Ehsan was later elevated as TTP’s central spokesperson – a position he had kept until the death of TTP head honcho Hakimullah Mesud in a US drone strike on Nov 1, 2013.

After Hakimullah’s death, the TTP disintegrated and Khorasani broke away to form own faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA). Subsequently, Ehsan was made the spokesperson of the splinter group. However, the JuA – which is now the most lethal terror group in Pakistan – replaced him with Asad Mansoor last year.

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Ehsan says the TTP leadership received funds from India and carried out terrorist attacks in Pakistan at their behest. “They pushed TTP’s foot soldiers to the front-lines to fight against Pakistani security forces while they themselves hid in safe havens,” he adds.

“When they [TTP leaders] started receiving funds from India and [its spy agency] RAW, I told Umar Khalid Khorasani that we’re supporting infidels and helping them kill our own people in our own country,” Ehsan recalls.

“He [Khorasani] said, ‘even if Israel offers to fund me to spread terror in Pakistan, I will take their help’… This is when I realised that the TTP leadership was serving own interests and furthering own agenda,” says Ehsan in the video, which shows him wearing shalwar-kameez with a Pashtun flat cap.

“These [terrorist] organisations have their committees in Afghanistan through which they communicate with NDS, and through NDS, with RAW,” he adds. “They [RAW and NDS] supported [TTP], extending financial assistance and they also gave targets, and for each attack (TTP) charged a price.”

The TTP leaders didn’t practice what they preached.

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“A particular group misled the innocent, kidnapped them to extort money,” he says. “Pakistan Army has destroyed several JuA camps in Afghanistan and killed many of their commanders in its operations. As a result, they [terrorists] had to flee the area and abandon their headquarters. This has also shaken the morale of their fighters and their senior leadership.”

“The same group is responsible for bombings at public places, including schools, colleges, and universities. This is against the teachings of Islam,” Ehsan says.

Ehsan reveals that Mullah Fazlullah became TTP chief through a lucky draw. “The fight for leadership intensified when operations began in Waziristan. When everybody in the organisation began fighting for leadership, the Shura (consultative committee) decided to have a lucky draw. Mullah Fazlullah became the leader via lucky draw,” he says.

“What can you expect from such an organisation in which leaders are selected through a lucky draw?”

Giving a message to those who “are stuck there [in the TTP] and who want to quit,” Ehsan said: “Adopt the path of peace and come back to the life of peace and tranquility.”

Reacting to Ehsan’s confession, ISPR’s Director General Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said Ehsan’s admission exposed hostile foreign agenda and their designs to destabilise Pakistan. “Our youth is our strength, shall never fall prey,” he added.

However, Afghanistan strongly refuted Ehsan’s claim, while India’s Ministry of External Affairs said it was not yet able to comment on the video.

“Pakistan has always been pushing this narrative of being victim of terrorism while the fact it sponsors and supports terrorist activities in Afghanistan and India,” said an Afghan security official.

“Now Pakistan is under enormous pressure from the international community to crack down on extremists and it is trying to evade responsibility by playing victim once again.”

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Qami Baloch
    Apr 26, 2017 - 2:50PM

    Long Live Pakistan …Recommend

  • fatehalam
    Apr 26, 2017 - 4:01PM

    Ever since MODI the butcher of MUSLIMS came in power,hindu nationalism is on the increase

    so it is simple present attitude of simple Hindus is the out come of Modis govt.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 26, 2017 - 4:17PM

    Shame on India and Modi for spreading terrorism in Pakistan. Hindus are responsible for killing of innocent civilians in Pakistan. Recommend

  • JKhan
    Apr 26, 2017 - 4:24PM

    This statement corroborates​ with sentenced Indian Spy Golbachan Yadev. There is now sufficient evidence to try all those who are friends of Modi. We know, so do the entire Pakistan. Latest addition to chain of Modi friends is a party head who returned after running away.Recommend

  • riz
    Apr 26, 2017 - 4:28PM

    shameful; raw be given fitting lesson Recommend

  • mushtaq
    Apr 26, 2017 - 5:51PM

    I think this hardcore fighter is telling the truth.If he had courage to be the spokesman of a terrorist organisation,and not fear the death at that time,he is not afraid even now against the death penalty.Let pray that others always realize that they are being used by enemies of Islam.This confession is surely a Great Victory for the Pakistan Army and a DEFEAT for India and AfghanistanRecommend

  • Freedom
    Apr 26, 2017 - 5:51PM

    Kill this terrorist! Only way to solve violence is to eradicate it completely with a iron fist.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 26, 2017 - 6:49PM

    This links to the news of Indians being killed in MOAB bombing that USA did. Indian intelligence has sent out its operatives in both ISIS and TTP and are funding them for activities against Pakistan. Recommend

  • Xof
    Apr 26, 2017 - 7:12PM

    Wave and wave of classy slaps and strikes by Pak against the insecure enemy, exposing them with their pants down. Well done. InshaAllah great times ahead of Pakistan and entire region by Pakistani “true” efforts against this menace. Recommend

  • Malik babar
    Apr 26, 2017 - 7:13PM

    Its a real work done by pak army …..our army is one of greatest army of world love live pakistan Recommend

  • Asad
    Apr 26, 2017 - 8:30PM

    Now India will ask consular access to Ehsan UllahRecommend

  • Solat
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:02PM

    No doubt the foreign agencies like RAW and NDS have penetrated in the extremists groups like TTP and they are using them for terrorists activities inside Pakistan.Recommend

  • singay
    Apr 26, 2017 - 9:35PM

    indian resentment is unveiled, no doubt hostile force are fully engaged to derail he the economic prosperity’….of mothr landRecommend

  • MD
    Apr 26, 2017 - 10:02PM

    Thank God my ancestors migrated to Pakistan … Couldnt have survived in the dirty extremist Muslim hating nation which is responsible for killing butchering innocent children. Freedom for Kashmir!!Recommend

  • Xian
    Apr 26, 2017 - 11:21PM

    With this propaganda naming India, he will be set free.Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:30AM

    Even if India was wiped out we Muslims will still be fighting each other, which we have bn doing for last 1000 years. It’s sad that nobody speaks against the atrocities done by Turkish government against Kurds.Recommend

  • Kolsay
    Apr 27, 2017 - 6:05AM

    It is amazing to read the comments wherein the writers believe the words of a terrorist who was involved in killing of innocents in Pakistan.. I also think Pakistanis should move on from depicting Modified as a butcher of Muslims when they do not call the real butchers who live among them.Recommend

  • Farid Shahmir
    Apr 27, 2017 - 8:01AM

    Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah and the ever corrupt Hamid Karzai should hold their head up in shame. Enough of blaming Pakistan.Recommend

  • irfan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 9:25AM

    This is why we got Independence from India. Long Live Pakistan .For India , there will be a special mission team established by Pakistan now.Recommend

  • Fariha
    Apr 27, 2017 - 10:34AM

    Now i know Hitler was right. He sensed the danger within his country that jew posed for the people of his nation. Same thing happenned to us when we harboured afghan migrants in our country. Result is there. Its time to crush these terror funding elements once and for all. Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 6:38PM

    @Fariha:

    Calling Hitler right is insane and an insult to millions of innocent human being who lost their lives because of that butcher.

    I agree about the expulsion of refugees since they’re burden on the economy .. we must give limited business visa and remove the rest.Recommend

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