Ex-Pakistani Taliban Spokesperson Claims Pakistan Asked Him To Lead Death Squad

In an audio clip, Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed to have been given a hit list by Pakistani authorities.

Sohil Nikam

August 13, 2020

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Former Pakistani Taliban spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan has released an audio clip in which he says that Pakistani authorities had given him a hit list of people who they would like to be killed in the Northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He has claimed that sometime after his surrender, he was given a hit list of prominent voices to eliminate in order to help Pakistan in silencing rogue elements. Ehsan had claimed earlier this year that he had managed to escape from the custody of Pakistani security forces.

The former spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said in the audio clip, “I was asked to lead a death squad.. and the list included people from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they were Pashtuns from all walks of life including journalists.” His statement comes even as over 30 women journalists in Pakistan have highlighted “vicious attacks” on them through social media. “The online attacks are instigated by government officials and then amplified by a large number of Twitter accounts, which declare their affiliation to the ruling party,” they had said in a statement.

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