Is Ehsanullah Ehsan networking on LinkedIn?

Published: January 4, 2015
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TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

TTP Jamat-ul Ahrar spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

Ehsanullah Ehsan, spokesperson for the splinter Taliban group Jamatul Ahrar, has found a new avenue to recruit militants in the form of business networking site LinkedIn, The Telegraph reported. 

According to the British newspaper, the spokesperson for Jamatul Ahrar, who is wanted for an assassination attempt on Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousufzai and has a $1 million bounty on his head, has 69 connections on LinkedIn.

Ehsan does not hide his associations and promotes himself as spokesperson for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan faction, TTP-Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA).

With skills listed as “jihad and journalism,” Ehsan describes himself as ‘self-employed’ and has his photograph for his display picture.

Further, providing details of his school, employment and language skills, he has listed himself as spokesperson since January 2010 and TTP-JA as his ‘current employer.’

The disclosure that Ehsan has an open profile on LinkedIn is potentially embarrassing for the networking site. Previously, other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have been criticised for failing to clamp down on hardliners using their sites to promote extremism.

However, after being approached by The Telegraph, LinkedIn took down Ehsan’s account.

A spokesman said the company’s security team had decided to “restrict it”, meaning it was no longer in operation. But the spokesperson added that it was not clear if the account belonged to Ehsan or was a fake account, established by another party.

Further, the spokesperson said, the IP address of the account, indicating where in the world it was set up, suggested it was fake. The “lack of Taliban recruiting messages” was another clue, the spokesperson added.

“[I] Can’t say for certain that it is someone else … But I can say that our security team has a high degree of confidence that it is a fake account, which is reason enough to restrict it. [I] Also can’t say for certain who might have set it up if it is fake.”

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  • taimur
    Jan 4, 2015 - 5:27PM

    is this all a joke to them, having facebook accounts, they tweet about killing people. they are pshyco people. this is a big joke for them the life of people don’t matter to them they committing all the crimes against the religion and yet they say they are the saviors .

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  • Abaid
    Jan 4, 2015 - 6:34PM

    Lo je kar lo gal!!!

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  • Khan Gul
    Jan 4, 2015 - 6:47PM

    Haven’t seen his linkedin account but he has a twitter account with About Me: “Naam hi kafee hay”

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 4, 2015 - 7:25PM

    Our media should have found it. Shame on them.

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  • Stranger
    Jan 4, 2015 - 8:27PM

    Uffff ye aaj kal ke terrorists !!!

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  • Jan 4, 2015 - 10:37PM

    They can easily trace the location as per thhe ip address even if they are behind from proxy or cloud, int’agencies ppl have good enough brain and recourted to do that if they are willing.

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  • goldconsumer
    Jan 4, 2015 - 11:46PM

    @Jahangir Chauhan:
    You mean carry out a strike in Afghanistan? No they are currently not willing to do that

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  • Jad
    Jan 5, 2015 - 2:28AM

    Smart bugger! So killing IS their bread and butter- proved.

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  • shah
    Jan 5, 2015 - 7:49PM

    most likely a fake account setup by a TTP sympathizer.

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