ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Brigadier (r) Ijaz Shah on Monday confirmed that former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, who justified the 2012 attack on teenage Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, has escaped detention.
Ehsan, who claimed responsibility on behalf of his group for scores of Taliban attacks, proclaimed his escape on Twitter and then in an audio message sent to Pakistani media earlier this month.
Although the military has not commented on the issue, the interior minister, when asked about the report by journalists, said, “That is correct, that is correct.”
Shah added that “you will hear good news” in response to questions about whether there had been any progress in hunting down Ehsan.
Ehsan later told a Reuters reporter by telephone that he had already left Pakistan and arrived in Turkey together with his wife and children. He said that he had surrendered to the army under a deal, and escaped only after the agreement was not honoured.
He said that he escaped on January 11 but did not clarify how he had broken out of a maximum-security military prison and made his way to another country.