'Ehsanullah Ehsan should be given same punishment as Jadhav'

Published: May 23, 2017
A file photo of former TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of former TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: In a crucial development, a parliamentary panel strongly criticised the ‘special treatment’ being given to former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan.

The members of the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics demanded to stop treating Ehsan like a guest.

During the meeting on Monday, Senator Colonel (retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi urged to interrogate Ehsan under the law of the land and treat him like a terrorist instead of presenting him as a guest on TV channels and feeding him meals of a five-star hotel.

“He is among those who played football with the severed heads of our soldiers and now he is being presented on media channels smiling away,” he said.

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Upon receiving no satisfactory response from a top official of the Ministry of Defence regarding interrogation of Ehsan, Senator Muhammad Saif lashed out that how come Ehsan was presented on TV channels without being debriefed properly.

Joining Mashhadi, Senator Saleh Shah said, “Presenting his confessional statement on media has besmirched the image of the government.”

Comparing the crimes committed by Ehsan with those of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Shah feared that Ehsan might advise Jadhav to act on the same modus operandi on which he did to save his own skin.

Senator Israrullah Zehri questioned the state over their view of good and bad Taliban. The official of the defence ministry replied that there is no discrimination in this respect.

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Furthermore, Senator Shah was of the opinion that a group of Taliban was being sponsored by the government to set up offices in D I Khan, Tank and Bannu.

He said, “People of those areas visit the offices to settle their disputes as they know the government is facilitating the group.”

Senator Saif said, “People like Ehsan are not those types of persons who will hear the call of conscience, as is being depicted, instead they are an ideologically motivated breed.”

Committee chairman Rehman Malik said, “Liaquat Ali alias Ehsanullah Ehsan is not an innocent person but a hardcore terrorist.”

He said he was the first person who had claimed responsibility when Malala was attacked.

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“He should be arrested in the FIR of Malala’s case. He should be nominated in all cases for which he claimed responsibility,” Malik said. “If you want to give him relief, it can only be given by the president of Pakistan after due process of law. His glorification is against the law. He had no symptoms of being ashamed in his confessional statement.”

He said the entire nation wants to see him hanged. He said he deserves punishment like that of Jadhav.

The additional secretary of the Ministry of Defence narrated a few terrorist activities which Ehsan had claimed responsibility for as the spokesman of TTP.

He said Ehsan belongs to the generation which is doubtful about its future and that’s the main reason behind his surrender for the sake of his own future and his children’s.

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Malik also inquired as to why Khawar Qureshi was awarded Rs75 million as fee to plead the Pakistani case regarding Jadhav in the International Court of Justice and not attorney general of Pakistan.

He said, “It seems it was a pre-fixed match.”

On the recovery of heroin from a PIA flight at Heathrow Airport in London, Malik said, “The drug was concealed in panels of the aircraft … it could not have been done without the compliance of the management.”

He also asked for briefing over the issue as well.

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Three members of the committee, Israrullah Zehri, Shibli Faraz and Aajiz Dhamra staged a token walkout to register their protest against the absence of interior minister during the past four years from the committee’s meetings.

Sindh police presented its report to the committee on abduction of PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari’s close aides Ghulam Qadir Mari and Ashfaque Laghari.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Zaida Parvez
    May 23, 2017 - 9:45AM

    Some nations are doomed to repeating the same mistakes over and over again. He is a mass-murderer of children and he’s being given VIP treatment. I cannot think of another self-respecting nation doing this.Recommend

  • Amir
    May 23, 2017 - 10:06AM

    guest of the establishment can not be asked any questions. and we all know we can not speak against the establishhmentRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 23, 2017 - 10:16AM

    Why only Ehsanullah Ehsan?

    Mustafa Kamal and his team members also confessed to having received training and funding from R&AW for 20 – 30 years to carry out killings, kidnappings for ransom and commit various acts of terror in Pakistan. What did the army establishment do to them? They brought all those also before the media in Pakistan’s prime time TV channels and made them heroes and patriots. Not just this, they created a political party for them and gave them the National flag as the party symbol. They even gave the starting lines of the National Anthem (Pakistan Sarzameen) as their Party’s name. This is the reason why UK mocks at Pakistan when Pakistan demands Altaf Hussein be sent back to Pakistan or be punished in UK. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    May 23, 2017 - 10:34AM

    His friend and sympathizer Nisar Ali Khan, interior Minister of Pakistan, is doing his best to get him released and treat him like a king while he is in custody. We Need to get rid of People like Nisar Ali Khan if we really want to get rid of the menace of terrorism.Recommend

  • Raj
    May 23, 2017 - 2:03PM

    We know how Jadhav has been handed death sentence and how Ehsanullah ehsan is more dreaded terrrorist who played football with severed head of pakistani soldiers is getting royal treatment. Ths proves that, pak army is only interseted in maligning India but helping ehsan to trouble neighbours so that he gets royal treatment. This is the very reason, why the world is not believing pakistan when it say it is fighting all terrorists.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    May 23, 2017 - 3:20PM

    He has was part of those who have sent many impressionable kids on suicide missions, but I bet these cowards won’t go on one themselves. So, strap him with a suicide belt and then tie him to a pole in the middle of a stadium; see if he has the guts to press the button.Recommend

  • JKhan
    May 23, 2017 - 3:28PM

    What crap are you talking? This man has not been tried in court of law. He was not captured; he surrendered. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    May 23, 2017 - 4:03PM

    He will be kept and used for various “strategic” efforts in the region. The “strategic assets” policy never went away to begin with.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 23, 2017 - 5:31PM

    Jadhav had no supporters whereas our Khan is friend of Taliban. There is a big difference.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    May 23, 2017 - 6:29PM

    This man is the new hero of Pakistan?Recommend

  • mostly bull
    May 23, 2017 - 8:59PM

    Ehsan is a “Good” bloke; Jadhav is a seriously “Bad” bloke…….well, not quite….Ehsan was also a seriously “Bad” bloke a while back, but now he has transitioning himself into a “Good” bloke….and by the end of this phase, will become a naturalised pak citizen entitled for a diplomatic passport and will be appointed as Ambassador to Turkey.Recommend

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