TTP’s ex-spokesperson challenges sacking in Taliban court

Published: July 11, 2013
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File photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan (left), former spokesperson of TTP. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

File photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan (left), former spokesperson of TTP. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Former spokesperson of the Pakistani Taliban Ehsanullah Ehsan, who was recently sacked by the central council over his alleged threats to the Afghan Taliban, says he has challenged the decision in Taliban’s Islamic court and that he has relinquished all other organizational responsibilities.

A Taliban leaflet distributed in North Waziristan tribal region this week said that Ehsan had been removed as the TTP spokesperson by the central Shura or council for his controversial remarks that created a rift between the Pakistani and the Afghan Taliban.  The leaflet said that the decision had been taken with the consultation of the TTP chief, Hakimullah Mehsud.

However, Ehsan approached the Taliban court and rejected charges against him, claiming that he had not threatened the Afghan Taliban.

The former TTP spokesperson talked about the Afghan Taliban last month when some armed groups planned an attack on the Pakistani Taliban bases in the Mohmand tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Ehsan had told The Express Tribune in June that the TTP rivals in Mohmand agency – Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Ansar-ul-Islam and the local ‘Lashkar’ or volunteers were using the name of the Afghan Taliban.

He had stated that the TTP shows allegiance to the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” but had requested the Afghan Taliban leadership to clarify its position on the anti-TTP campaign in Mohmand agency.

He said that a delegation of the Afghan Taliban had been involved in negotiations but they never complained against him. “The Afghan Taliban had in fact spoken in my favour,” he claimed.

The sacked TTP spokesperson said that the Council members had not yet appeared in the Taliban court to formally present their charges against him.

“The judge has issued them notices twice to appear and prove their charges; however, they are reluctant to present their case,” Ehsan said, adding that he had presented all media statements before the judge.

He said that the court could deliver the verdict if the council members failed to appear. “The Ameer and all members will be bound to accept the court’s order,” he went on to say.

He said that he had quit as in-charge of the TTP political affairs and also relinquished all other responsibilities but said that he was still a member of the group and is loyal to the Ameer.

Ehsan, who belongs to Mohmand agency, said that he had twice resigned as TTP spokesperson but it was rare for TTP to sack any of its members.

An Afghan Taliban official, who requested not to be identified, refused to comment on the issue and said that the Afghan Taliban were limited only to Afghanistan and “did not involve themselves outside Afghanistan.”

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Reader Comments (26)

  • truth
    Jul 11, 2013 - 3:47PM

    For a common’s man mistake ( taliban version of mistake) they have shoot on the site order but for themselves they have courts. Why not take revenge mr Ehsan?

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  • Jul 11, 2013 - 3:48PM

    I thought they are terrorists, Only

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  • Abs
    Jul 11, 2013 - 3:48PM

    For God sake Tribune you just can not give coverage to these outright murderers of 1000s of innocent pple as if they are some political party.

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  • Anonymous
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:03PM

    According to their thinking, if someone not following their orders, or not practicing Islam according to them then he will be called kafir and he then has no right to live. So why this spokesperson is still breathing?

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  • bharatvarsh
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:03PM

    Taliban & folks do not deserve courts, they only deserve Drones. Damn you for killing innocent muslims.

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  • Jul 11, 2013 - 4:04PM

    “the judge issued them notices”. WTF ? Sounds like a peaceful place with a system implemented… Dirty and barbaric system implemented !

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  • Z.Khan
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Reporting activites of state with in state and surprisingly ET staff in full contact with such elements. An amazing situation of an amazing country on the map of the globe.

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  • Umer
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:07PM

    How come we know so much about the details, summoned twice, court notice, refuting claims etc but have no idea where these guys are? Unbelievable. Just drone the court the day they have the hearing to provide justice to humanity. Am sure they know it’s when.

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  • Ali
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:11PM

    CJ should take suo moto on that.

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  • Realist
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:13PM

    @truth

    Really? The very reason Taliban became popular over there is because of their courts. I doubt they shoot everyone on site. Start getting your information from neutral sources instead of just watching propaganda on western media.

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  • sajid khilji
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Drone attack please

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  • kaalchakra
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:18PM

    What a disgusting display of bigotry here. We should be taking lessons in implementing transparent and true justice as it is supposed to be.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Jul 11, 2013 - 4:31PM

    Can victim of the TTP collateral damage go to the same Court? Is this Court exclusively for men only?

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  • Ashar Zia
    Jul 11, 2013 - 5:06PM

    stop covering these killers and animals Tribune. Please, you are only giving them the attention that they so badly want.

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  • Qasim
    Jul 11, 2013 - 5:26PM

    thugs have good coverage and shows people join there outfits we have vacancies

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  • truth
    Jul 11, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @ Realist

    The evidence cant be clearer and if u still dont believe me try to live in the Islamic emirate of waziristan for a week or so.
    TIPS:
    Try to go outside well dress.
    Try to shave.
    Try to wear tight clothes.
    Try to look at the burqa wearing woman.
    Try to criticise mullah omar or hakimullah mehsood.
    Try to speak english……… and so on.

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  • Jul 11, 2013 - 5:59PM

    We shouldn’t be surprise to read about their hypocritical ways. Unfortunately for them, the people started seeing the truth and it became obvious they are only concerned with achieving their deadly objectives. They’ve left no doubts in regards to their dangerous agenda in the region. Thousands of innocent people have fallen victims to their acts of terror. We’ve lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting TTP and their affiliates on both sides of the border. Our shared will and desire to stabilize the region has given us the strength and motivation to remain unified against our common enemies. We will not let these extremist organizations deter us from achieving our peace objectives in the region, and continue to work together for the betterment of the region.

    Ali Khan

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jul 11, 2013 - 6:44PM

    TTP is also democratic, just like PTI. IK should be proud.

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  • Mian Waheed
    Jul 11, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Mr. Ehsan should join PTI as protest. I am sure he will feel among his brothers.

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  • Realist
    Jul 11, 2013 - 8:26PM

    @truth:

    -I have and they don’t shoot you on site for any of those crimes as you have claimed.

    -You get a warning if you don’t have a beard and are recommended to let it grow.

    -Staring at burqa clad women is not civilized norm anyways so no idea where you are going with that.

    -No one says anything if you go out well dressed. They are not against well dressed people.

    -As a guy, I don’t want to wear tight clothes. Thank you very much.

    -And try saying something against Bhutto in Lyari or Altaf Hussain in Liaquatabad and lets see how long you live and they are respectable politicians and leaders of the people so Hakeemullah Mehsud’s followers are not alone in that.

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  • Babloo
    Jul 11, 2013 - 8:53PM

    Is this ‘inner-party-democracy’ in Taliban !!
    PML-N, PPP, MMQ please tale note.

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  • faheema
    Jul 11, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Appeal in supreme sharia court headed by killers. Proceedings of such court can be observed even in Lahore presided by Chief Justice Sharia court at Chauburgi chowk or in the Deras of Mafia lords in Gawal Mandi Lahore.

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  • just_someone
    Jul 11, 2013 - 9:28PM

    hahahah, hahahah. this news item is just hilarious!

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  • Rangeen Khattak
    Jul 11, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Hon’ble Chief Justice should take a suo moto action, and state that the SC will not allow such arbitrary firing without probable cause. Even summon the minister of labor and ask for explanation.

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  • Jul 12, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Realist:
    @kaalchakra:

    What pro-Taliban traitorous cheerleaders need to realize is that these criminal outlaw Mehsuds and their other fellow takfiri and kharijite Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremist militants, have committed and admitted to suicide bombings, killing and murdering against innocent Pakistani civilians, as confirmed by former sectarian LeJ/anti-Pak state TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan’s own past proclamations by our own Pakistani media, and need to be either be arrested and tried in constitutional Pakistani courts or taken out by Pak’s security forces or US drones.

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  • Realist
    Jul 12, 2013 - 7:12AM

    @bigsaf:

    Sweeping statements. If you actually research, you will find out they have given quite many statements exactly saying the opposite, “They do not deliberately target civilians.” Just show us a link where they have accepted responsibility for deliberately targeting civilians. And as far as collateral damage is concerned, the civilized West carries it out routinely so why apply double standards?

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