A top Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) member in a video alleged Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies gave funds to Pakistani Taliban militants to fight Islamabad. The video released by the Pakistan army on Wednesday. Last week, the terrorist group’s spokesperson surrendered to Islamabad.
The video showed the militant Ehsanullah Ehsan confessed that he participated in anti-Pakistan activities from sanctuaries in Afghanistan and surrendered voluntarily to Pakistani security forces.
Ehsan was a senior commander for the Pakistani Taliban and later a leader of a Taliban breakaway faction, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. He directed the two groups’ media campaigns.
He claimed Indian intelligence agencies worked with Afghan agencies to conduct terror attacks against Pakistan. Ehsan was missing for past few months. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, the army spokesman said the militant had surrendered to security forces and now he is in their custody.
In the video, he said, “My name is Liaquat Ali, alias Ehsanullah Ehsan. I belong to the Mohmand tribal region and had joined the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2008, when I was in college. I have been a spokesperson for Taliban and Jamaatul-Ahrar.”
The militant said after the operation in North Waziristan, Taliban jihadis escaped to Afghanistan. He claimed that in Afghanistan they developed contacts with India and its spy agency RAW.
“TTP got their (Indian) support, their funding and took money for every terrorist activity in Pakistan. They pushed TTP soldiers on the frontlines to fight against Pakistan army and went into hiding themselves. These (terrorist) organisations have established committees in Afghanistan through which they communicate and coordinate with RAW. Indians had given them special visas to help them move around in Afghanistan with ease.”
But Afghanistan and New Delhi denied the claim.
The senior Afghan security official said this claim was all rubbish. This was Pakistan’s another strategy. “Pakistan has always been pushing this narrative of being a victim of terrorism while the fact it sponsors and supports terrorist activities in Afghanistan and India. Now Pakistan is under enormous pressure from the international community to crack down on extremists and it is trying to evade responsibility by playing victim once again.”
The statement came at a time when India and Pakistan’s bilateral relation can be affected after a Pakistani military court recently awarded death sentence to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on charges of espionage. But Islamabad has denied New Delhi’s request to rethink Jadhav’s sentence.