Minister confirms Ehsanullah Ehsan’s escape from state custody

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ijaz Shah on Monday admitted that former spokesperson of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan had indeed escaped custody.

This marks the first time the government has officially acknowledged the development.

In a conversation with a reporter at Parliament House, the minister — when asked whether reports regarding Ehsan’s escape were true or not — admitted that Ehsan had indeed escaped.

When asked again if the state knew that Ehsan had left (the country), Shah repeated that the state does know and that is why he is confirming the news.

When asked if something was being done in response to the escape, Shah said: “A lot is happening”.

However, he did not clarify what exactly “a lot” meant.

Earlier this month, Ehsan had announced through an audio message circulated on social media that he was no longer in the state's custody and had managed to escape.