The director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, on Monday announced that Ehsanullah Ehsan, former spokesperson of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a senior leader of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, had turned himself in to Pakistan’s security agencies.
“The people, the state and the institutions of Pakistan have made considerable progress in the betterment of the country’s security situation. We have progressed to the point that the people who’ve been planning attacks on Pakistan’s soil from across the border have started to see that the situation has changed,” Maj Gen Ghafoor said at a press conference on the progress made under Operation Raddul Fasaad.
“The state is re-establishing its writ,” Ghafoor said. “No element can challenge the state if the state has the will to weed out dangerous elements.”
“There can be no bigger achievement for Pakistan than the fact that our biggest enemies are now realising the error of their ways and are turning themselves in,” he said.
“I want to take this opportunity to announce that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesperson of the TTP and a leader of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, has turned himself into our security agencies,” he added.
In 2014, after a split in the TTP, Ehsan had become a spokesperson for the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar — what was then a newly-formed splinter group of the TTP.
Ehsan had said at the time that 70 to 80 per cent of the TTP commanders and fighters had also joined the splinter group.
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar was behind the horrific attack on Lahore’s Mall Road earlier this year, which sent shock waves through the country.
Thirteen were killed and over 100 injured in the attack, which targetted senior police officials.