Liaqat Ali, the former public face of the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, better known by his pseudonym Ehsanullah Ehsan has accused Pakistani spy agency ISI of forcing him to read a script accusing India and Israel of terror funding in Pakistan (Pic. Courtesy Google image)
In a yet another expose, Liaqat Ali, the former public face of the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and better known by his pseudonym Ehsanullah Ehsan has accused Pakistani spy agency ISI of forcing him to read a script accusing India and Israel of terror funding in Pakistan. In his latest blog, Ehsan said when he was under the “custody” of ISI, he was forced to read out a confessional statement.
“Script prepared by a brigadier and a colonel working in ISPR (propaganda wing of Pakistani army) which was given to me two weeks ago to remember, and I was forced to read the script in which Khorasani's treatment in India after the injuries and his links to India and Israel.”
According to the Pakistani media, Muhammad Khorasani, TTP’s senior militant leader and Pakistan's most-wanted terrorist was killed on January 11 this year.
Ehsan reportedly “surrendered” to Pakistan's intelligence agency in April 2017. He then “confessed” on a video released by Pakistani ISI that he had been involved in terror activities and took responsibility for orchestrating a series of deadly terror attacks on behalf of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and TTP across Pakistan. He further “confessed” that TTP militants were in touch with the Afghan intelligence agency and India’s Research and Analyst Wing (RAW) which provided funds and set targets inside Pakistan for attacks.
Ironically, four years later Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is desperate to sign a peace deal with the same militant outfit TTP.
The former TTP spokesperson and co-founder of JuA, Ehsanullah Ehsan said that he managed to escape from the ISI-run safe house in Peshawar in February 2020 causing a huge embarrassment for the then ISI chief Lt. General Faiz Hameed. Later, Ehsan issued a statement blaming ISI for torturing him and his family during his custody, which compelled him to escape. He claimed that the ISI offered him millions of dollars to return to Pakistan or be silent on the circumstances of his arrest and still-unexplained flight from the country to Turkey.
“The then head of ISI, General Faiz Hameed, contacted me and personally apologized and promised to allay my fears. They were offering us millions of dollars to keep quiet or come back, they were offering us houses and lands in Punjab, but it was impossible for me to trust him again,” he wrote on his blog.
This is not the first time Ehsan has revealed the nefarious activities of the ISI. Last year in July, in an interview to a news agency, he had accused the ISI of the murder of Usman Kakar, prominent leader and member of Pashtun-Tahafuz-Movement (PTM) and member of National Assembly. Usman was a staunch critic of Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence agencies.
Ehsan said that during his captivity under ISI, he came to know about the hit list of the ISI. There were names of journalists, activists and Baloch and Pashtun leaders who were known critics of the security establishment.
“ISI has a hit list of critics, and it wants to get rid of those leaders,” Ehsan said.
He advised his foreigner colleagues of the TTP to be careful while dealing with the Pakistani security establishment especially in those “dialogues of ceasefires and peace, do not trust Pakistani institutions.”