A militant “court” has stayed the removal of Ehsanullah Ehsan as the central spokesman for banned militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for another 45 days, a signed order by the “court” in Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan said.
On Tuesday, a pamphlet by the TTP central council (shura) had announced the removal of Ehsan — a prominent figure close to the TTP’s top brass — for making remarks that angered the Afghan Taliban and raised the danger of divisions between the two militant organisations.
However, the “Dar-ul Qaza” or “high court” of the Pakistani Taliban has issued a “stay order” against the decision until members of the “central council” appear for a hearing, the leaflet said.
The July 10 order is one of a series of signs of growing divisions within the TTP, an umbrella group of different militant factions.
The document also shows the existence of parallel ‘militant courts’ operating in the Tribal Areas.
Ehsanullah Ehsan had earlier challenged his removal by the Taliban central council in the court, after which it had summoned the council and the former spokesman.
Members of the Pakistani Taliban central council, however, twice failed to show up for the hearing, citing “holidays until the 10th day after Eidul Fitr”, the document said.
In the order dated July 10, the “court” stayed the removal of Ehsan as central spokesman until members of the central council appeared for a hearing and allowed the sacked spokesman to plead his case.