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Former TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan has turned himself in: Pak Army

Updated Apr 17, 2017 06:25pm


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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.

Former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader Ehsanullah Ehsan.
Former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar leader Ehsanullah Ehsan.

"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.

Confession video of IS-trained medical student

During the media briefing, Maj Gen Ghafoor also showed the recorded confessional statement of Naureen Leghari, a medical student from Hyderabad who allegedly fled home to join the militant Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

Leghari was arrested on Friday after her husband, whom she had married after leaving her home and joining the militants, was killed in an encounter in Punjab Housing Society.

“The girl went missing from Hyderabad. Later, a message appeared on Facebook in which she said that she had joined the military group," the director general said before he showed the video.

In the video, Leghari denied that she had been kidnapped, saying she made the decision to travel to Lahore on her own.

"I am a second-year student at the Liaquat Medical University," Leghari said in the video.

"I went to Lahore on my own, no one kidnapped me," she said.

"Our main plan was to carry out terrorist activities," she said. "These included suicide attacks and kidnapping intelligence officials," she claimed.

"A young man named Fauji was involved in these activities."

"On April 1, our organisation gave us four suicide jackets, some hand grenades and bullets. These were to be used in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore. I was supposed to be the suicide bomber," she said.

Sources earlier told Dawn that Leghari had allegedly visited Syria to join IS after leaving her home in February. She had also received training in Syria for using weapons.

She returned to Lahore three weeks ago and was being tracked by security personnel. Law enforcement agencies are investigating her as well.

'Keep an eye on your children'

After playing Leghari's confession, Maj Gen Ghafoor said Pakistan's youth bulge — a term for the large percentage of Pakistan's population that comprises young men and women — was becoming a target for terrorist outfits.

"The youth bulge is our strength," Ghafoor said. "When the terrorists target our youth, you can imagine the impact it will have on Pakistan."

"Naureen made the claim that she is going to Syria to join ISIS via Facebook while still residing in Lahore, showing us how technology is misused. It is our responsibility as a nation to make sure that our children are not misguided and lured into such activities," Ghafoor said.

"The youth is the nation's collective responsibility; families and friends need to make sure that the youth is not led astray online," he said.

"Threats like the TTP are physical in nature and can be dealt with with force; but the threat present online needs to be dealt with by families," he added.

Operation Updates

Updates on Operation Raddul Fasaad were a major focus of the Army's Monday briefing.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said the Frontier Corps, Balochistan had conducted an intelligence-based operation on April 15, during which prepared explosives were recovered.

In Fata on April 16, two major operations were conducted during which a large cache of weapons was recovered from the Kurram and Orakzai agencies.

"In Sindh, operations are underway. Operations being conducted in Karachi are slightly different. Year after year, target killings and crime rate in Karachi have been decreasing," he said.

"Another aspect of Raddul Fasaad was to bring stability to the western border," Ghafoor said. "A small area in Fata - Rajgaal, Khyber Agency and Shawal is yet to be cleared. An operation will be carried out when the weather improves, he added.

The Army's spokesman also said that the Army, along with the FC, has started to build checkposts and new forts along the border.

"338 check posts and forts will be built along the Pak-Afghan border by 2019. 42 have already been made, whereas work is on-going on another 63," he said.

"We are fencing the Pak-Afghan border in KP, and we will also fence the border in Balochistan," he said.

"Border management with Afghanistan is the most important issue," Ghafoor later said.

"Pakistan is a sovereign state: we are putting the fence up within the limits of Pakistan and we are free to do so. And even though some elements are criticising the move, serious stakeholders in Afghanistan understand that the border is going to help Afghanistan as much as it is going to help us," he added.

The spokesman also detailed the social measures being undertaken to eliminate extremism from the country. He spoke of measures taken to make education and the armed forces more inclusive for people from Balochistan, Fata and Gilgit Baltistan.

LOC situation

"There has been an increase in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control," Ghafoor noted in his press conference.

"The reason behind this is that India is attempting to divert attention away from the political uprising in India-held Kashmir," he said.

"In 2014, 315 ceasfire violations were reported; 248 in 2015; 380 in 2016; and in 2017, as of April, there have alreaedy been 222 ceasefire violations," he said.

Census responsibilities.

"Pakistan Army has taken a supportive role in the ongoing census," Ghafoor said.

"With every civilian enumerator, we have attached a representative of Pak Army," he said.

"I want to thank the country here for the love they have given to the Army representatives when they come to their homes," he said.

The Army's spokesman said Phase 1 of the census was over and that the second phase would commence from April 25 and continue for a month,

"Phase 1 was completed In Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan; however there are 14 blocks in Orakzai agency that were not completed on time due to the return of internally-displaced persons," he said. "Likewise, in Jammu and Kashmir, there are 15 blocks that are yet to be completed."

Ghafoor also paid tribute to the officers who lost their lives when a census team was attacked in Lahore, but added that "these incidents will not halt the population census".

On the right track

"There used to be a loud 'do more' rhetoric in the past, but with each passing day, we see that the sentiment is dying down," Ghafoor said.

"This needs to be acknowledged. The elements of the international community that matter acknowledge Pakistan's contribution. What other country in the world has fought terrorism the way we have? The international community acknowledges our efforts," he added.


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Ths Apr 17, 2017 04:36pm

ISIS has presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan .

Ths Apr 17, 2017 04:37pm

Pakistan intelligence should work with Syrian and Iraqi governments .

yk Apr 17, 2017 04:41pm

The appaling element to consider is how much infiltration extremists have made that young bright minds are being attarcted to suicide missions. She was studying MBBS and belongs to a well educated family. Her father is a professor and yet she chose to be part of suicide squad. Ironic and sad for the society.

Nomi Goraya Apr 17, 2017 04:43pm

@Ths ISIS has presence all over the WORLD from their propaganda lured people from Canada, USA, UK and all Europe so Pakistan is not any exception though by large Pakistanis rejected IS ideology may be out of fear of what happened to Syria. Afghanistan kept eyes closed for IS to give them space and support and they have gained strong foot holds and power in Afghanistan proof of it is use of mother of all bombs to dislodge them. Irony is that when USA Afghanistan and India were all busy to blame and accuse Pakistan IS was gaining ground and support from the few.

Nadim Apr 17, 2017 04:44pm

Great news to hear that Ehsanullah Ehsan had turned himself in.

maverik Apr 17, 2017 04:45pm

Well done boys. That's a big achievement.

Nomi Goraya Apr 17, 2017 04:46pm

t Ehsanullah Ehsan, former spokesperson of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had turned himself in to security agencies.Vow great news finally someone whose name we knew is nabbed. Wonderful finally a good news after so many bad

Taimur Apr 17, 2017 04:48pm

Shall interior minister comment on it? It has been a failure that the government could not stop this hiring by ISIS

paggri sambhal Apr 17, 2017 04:50pm

But i have been told that evey spoke person of this terror out is called Ahsan ullah Ahsan? so which Ahsan is this?

Iftikhar Husain Apr 17, 2017 04:50pm

Good news coming from all over the security services seems like we are winning the war.

Nomi Goraya Apr 17, 2017 04:52pm

@Taimur Please suggest some way to stop such people as well. As that will be great help from you for many countries including Canada, USA, UK, all Europe who were not able to stop their people to join IS. Look man we have to take responsibility for us and for our families. Each blame can not be pinned to government

ehsan Apr 17, 2017 04:54pm

He should pay for his crimes.

Raja Farhat Abbas Apr 17, 2017 04:59pm

@Ths Really,Tell us more because you seem to know things that the rest of us are in the dark about!!.

Taimoor khan Apr 17, 2017 05:00pm

Let Ehsanullah spill the beans infront of everyone as to who has been behind the terrorism in Pakistan all these years. After Kulbashan Yadev, this will be the icing on the cake.

The_Truth Apr 17, 2017 05:00pm

He should be punished for his crime though. When they were strong they were killing people. Now when army has cracked down all the spaces they are back into the safer side. So how do we know that he won't go in enemies side if there comes a chance. He should be put on exit control list.

Luqman hafeez Apr 17, 2017 05:01pm


Please no, I do not want to undergo grueling pain of a brief presser of 3-hour on just one incident.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 17, 2017 05:02pm

This guy is a monster who has proudly killed people in the name of religion. Noose needs to be tightened against anyone who kill innocent people of any faith and humanity first, we live in this world which is a house, we can't fight with each other be it inter communal or inter neighbor. The world is moving forward, to border less councils agreements and these folks want to live in stone age that is not possible, since most of the humanity wants to move on.

I'm proud of Pak Army and the operation they are doing to get rid of this menace of extremism from Pakistan once in for all. Soldier is a soldier and their love for the motherland is something so adorable.

Long live Pakistan my Indus Valley Land where it all began for Hind, long live the the ever hard working scientists/technicians. Long live India, with these good news I pray that may Almighty listen to our prayers let our hearts beat together once again.

IndoPak Blood Brothers 4 Life!

Khawaja Apr 17, 2017 05:03pm

what next???

riaz Apr 17, 2017 05:04pm

The remedy lies only in change of narrative being taught and spreading like wild fire through out the world by clerics and molvies in madrasas,mosques, and in religious gathering.

M.Saeed Apr 17, 2017 05:33pm

So, the monster has arrived here as well?

FACE THE CRIME Apr 17, 2017 05:41pm

If he have turned himself in and have started to see the error of their ways, DOESNOT means that he should not face his crimes, he was terrorist and kill innocent people and SHOULD FACE HIS HENIOUS CRIMES.

Yasir Apr 17, 2017 05:50pm

@Iftikhar Husain at the expense of our human and Civic liberties and peace of mind mind

AXH Apr 17, 2017 05:52pm

Based on her statement, "Our main plan was to carry out terrorist activities,", she seemed to know that she was going to carry out "terrorist" activities. How was it brainwashing then because those who are brainwashed do not term it as "terrorist activities"; to them it is some kind of holy war?

mOhammAd S. KhaliD Apr 17, 2017 05:56pm

Thank you Pakistan Army. The whole nation is standing behind you. Keep moving forward

HaMAAD Apr 17, 2017 06:20pm

Good work Pak Army. This is excellent news that Ehsanullah Ehsan has surrendered. They should get as much information out from him as possible.

Aman Apr 17, 2017 06:22pm

the article do not tell us who was supporting this group in terms of money and weapon ? It also does not tell us if the TTP leader is cooperating ? Nonetheless it is a good news. Also, if these youth have invested their modn and soule into education i am sure they woudl have excelled and they would have taken the nation to a great hight of knowledge and honour, instead of self detrion.

Taurious Apr 17, 2017 06:22pm

Intelligence are doing a "great job"

Fahim Khan Apr 17, 2017 06:27pm

We are doing all this but we don't know anything about LAL MASJID?

khanm Apr 17, 2017 06:28pm

Serious.How can we overcome the influence ISIS on the brittle minds of so many? How can we overthrow their ideology, what makes it so attractive to our young generation? How do they justify their heinous act.why are they becoming their tin soldiers.There are so many questions running through my mind. This battle has been going on for centuries. folks for I may not know the answer but.... we were perfectly calm and perfectly insane, perfectly prepared to accept what the moment had offered. The indifference of that magnitude is rare and because it can be achieved only by someone ready to let go of who he is, it demands respect. It inspires awe in those who gaze upon it.

Mustafa R. Apr 17, 2017 06:33pm

@Nomi Goraya;

'including Canada, USA, UK, all Europe who were not able to stop their people to join IS.'

I am not sure they wanted to stop the flow of manpower to IS. The West supported terrorists of all hues in Syria and Iraq hoping to use them as political tools. Extremism in the garb of Islam is an extremely powerful force that many actors on the international scene would like to get their hands on.

Pakvoice Apr 17, 2017 06:34pm

Untill there is injustice in our society, terrorism will remain.

Mustafa R. Apr 17, 2017 06:38pm


'ISIS has presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan .'

Certainly, the entire TTP has pledged allegiance to IS (former ISIS), so has Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid.

nabidad Apr 17, 2017 07:17pm


Ayub Apr 17, 2017 07:27pm

Very good news.The state must take every possible action against these terrorists and enemy of Pakistan.Further all those making hate speeches must be tried under the military court.

Nomi Goraya Apr 17, 2017 07:28pm

@Mustafa R. Sir totally agreed that who created supported funded and is still funding IS. But I differ the use IS is not created to control Muslim world which was already in total control of USA. IS is created to threat Europe. USA being geographically so away and UK left EU so who is living under the fear of IS it is Europe sooner they learn this thing better it will be for them. Brutality and killing which is unleashed in Syria in a single day if ever happened in one year span and all across Europe.... Europe will be dead

SAEED MASOOD Apr 17, 2017 07:42pm

This guy Ehsanullah Ehsan must have provided vital information, our army is one of best in this world, surly more very positive results and successes will be achieved Inshahallah.

RiaRiazullah Baig Apr 17, 2017 07:45pm

@Ths if you have the details and information, please pass on to the security agencies.

RiaRiazullah Baig Apr 17, 2017 07:54pm

@Pakvoice fully agree; no is willing to address the root causes but taking adhoc and superficial actions. Security forces can hundreds of the reactionary movement members but cannot reform our social contract. Politicians and policy makers need to give a better performing judiciary, uniform educational system and equally good health facilities to all.

Raza Faroouqi-NY Apr 17, 2017 08:00pm

Thank you Mr. Trump for the bomb.

rashid ansim Apr 17, 2017 08:01pm

ISIS name is selling well these days. This product is same in a different package.

Zeeshan ahmed Apr 17, 2017 08:08pm

@THS - That would be very unintelligent.

Zeeshan Apr 17, 2017 08:08pm

ISIS is bigger threat. They show there foot prints in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and some other Asia countries. Time is running for world. We are moving toward very quickly of blood shed of innocent. Happy to see our security agency has take over better situation after controlling lot of area.

majid Apr 17, 2017 08:15pm

Good show "NO MERCY" after all he has remained part of group/s that have been responsible for killing of thousands of innocent people

M.Saeed Apr 17, 2017 08:17pm

@yk: If you are a religious minded young aspiring doctor and offered a lucrative job of a USD 1,000 per month even before qualifying, with a firm offer to get you doctor's degree completed in a foreign university, further increase in salary after that and all the perks and benefits that you can imagine, will it not be difficult for you to grab?

M.Saeed Apr 17, 2017 08:18pm

Now, squeeze all the information out of him and then grill him through military court.

mindshare Apr 17, 2017 08:19pm

This is huge blow to enemies battle lines and their supporters. Once again you are proving that you are one of the best men and women among top order world armies.

LAHORI KID Apr 17, 2017 08:20pm

I'm a bit confused here, why would he all of a sudden decide to just walk in and turn himself in? Something just doesn't stick here.

M.Saeed Apr 17, 2017 08:22pm

@M.Saeed: ---not to grab?

Ayesha Apr 17, 2017 08:39pm

We have religious fanatics like Ehsanullah Ehsan in millions in pakistan. Mardan university incident is the recent example. Military operations is not a solution. We need policies to change the mindset

Ayesha Apr 17, 2017 08:42pm

@Iftikhar Husain , are you sure we are winning the war on religious extremism?? Did you forget the Mardan university incident of brutal killing?

laiba Apr 17, 2017 08:43pm

Good news in a long while . I hope that extremists like him are put out of circulation for good. I hope the army will do its job honestly and not let him off for his crimes because he has turned himself in .That would be an insult to all those who suffered as a result of the terror activities he and his associates perpetrated. Although, this action might prompt other extremist outfits to give up arms I hope that justice will prevail.

thankyouwahala Apr 17, 2017 09:37pm

@Ayesha you only need to do your jobs properly, as do your superiors....

you then will not have a problem.


Liaqat Khan Apr 17, 2017 10:33pm

Good job done by Pak Armed forces

fourtheye Apr 18, 2017 12:39am

@yk thats the beauty of peaceful creatures.

Zak Apr 18, 2017 01:24am

Pakistan has wiped out every adversary. Now it is cleaning the floor with TTP. They are losing, hence switching. Well done pak army. Foreign funders are at a loss.

Dawn lover Apr 18, 2017 02:23am

He is top killer, don't let justice slip away again. He should be punished.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 18, 2017 02:43am

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor educated and well spoken person.

Abraham haque Apr 18, 2017 03:36am

Amusing soon after the visit from US national security advisor he just decided to walk in and surrender!

Muneer Apr 18, 2017 08:09am

@LAHORI KID.There could be many reasons of Ehsanullah turning himself in.But the most compelling could be losing absolute control over his organization.To avoid being arrested he may have turned in when he still consider himself useful or to avoid to be killed by rival leaders.

Ranger Apr 18, 2017 08:12am

Now the efforts and sacrifices of our armed forces, specially our intelligence agencies are bearing fruits whether its the matter of Kalbhoshan or the medical student who was being tracked by our intelligence before they could orchestrate their plan, and busted. Amazing Pak Armed forces and Amazing ISI. Cheers,

Yasin Apr 18, 2017 09:19am

It is the literature that is producing all these terrorists.. Literature of saudiz...

Jalbani Baloch Apr 18, 2017 09:23am

The surrender of Taliban Spokesperson is the success of Zarb-e-Azb, which must be pursued without any comprises and necessities, so as to bring complete peace and tranquility in our beloved country.

butterfly Apr 18, 2017 11:40am

@HaMAAD information about what? i thought our intelligence agencies already knew everything, them being the "best"in the world!

zakhta Apr 18, 2017 12:11pm

I love Pakistan and Pakistan Army. Pakistan Zindabad.

Zak Apr 18, 2017 04:05pm

@Ayesha ..and don't forget out of Hundrerds of students only 20 or so we're involved. 1% does not represent the entire university just like taliban who are 5000 out of 200,000,000 population. Keep the reasoning straight.

butterfly Apr 18, 2017 04:23pm

@Zak With due respect, why is it that your comments are always dripping with an open hint of self righteousness, pride and denial! pls make an effort to finally accept that things are going wrong on many levels in Pakistan, rather than stick to false pride!

true pakistani Apr 18, 2017 04:56pm

"We are fencing the Pak-Afghan border in KP": Was he referring to FATA or they are really fencing the border in KP?

missireallymiss Apr 19, 2017 05:37am

@Yasin Nah, it happened before the lit.

James micheal Apr 19, 2017 01:24pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Thank you a lot With love and respect from India Long live India and Pakistan And wish guys like you to be future leaders of Pakistan

Afzal khan Apr 19, 2017 09:10pm

@Fahim Khan exactly!