NANKANA SAHIB: Interior Minister Ijaz Shah said on Saturday that efforts were being made to arrest Ehsanullah Ehsan, former spokesperson of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who had earlier escaped custody.
The interior minister was speaking to media after a tree plantation ceremony at the District Commissioner’s office. Talking about Ehsan’s escape from custody, he said that efforts were being made to arrest him.
Last week, Shah admitted for the first time that the ex-TTP spokesperson had escaped the state’s custody after an audio message of the militant stating the same started doing the rounds on social media.
The interior minister commented on the security situation of the country, saying that the UN chief’s visit and other heads of state coming to Pakistan was a positive development.
“The Bangladesh cricket team coming to Pakistan after the Sri Lankan cricket team is good news,” he said. “The PSL being hosted in Pakistan speaks of the success of our security institutions.”
On the issue of Pakistani students stranded in Wuhan, he said meetings were being held daily to address the issue.
“Whatever is best for the country and for the students will be done,” he said.
‘SECURITY AGENCIES BROKE PROMISES’:
After his escape, the TTP spokesperson issued an audio clip on social media wherein he said that he “surrendered” before the security forces and made a signed agreement that guaranteed certain rights to him.
However, the security forces allegedly didn’t keep the promises and subsequently detained his family as well.
“My name is Ehsan and I am former member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaatul Ahrar. On Feb 5, 2017, I handed myself into the hands of Pakistan’s security officials under an agreement and I kept that agreement on my part but I along with my family was detained by the security officials. We faced jail at least three years with patience but we made a plan to escape and finally, we successfully escaped on Jan 11, 2020,” the former spokesperson of the terrorist organisation claimed.