Liaqat Ali, member of the militant Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan escaped final 12 months, three years after he handed himself to the army.
Various Pakistani army personnel have been penalised for negligence over the escape of a high-profile former Pakistani Taliban determine from custody, an armed companies spokesman mentioned on Wednesday.
Liaqat Ali, the previous public face of the militant Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and higher identified by his pseudonym Ehsanullah Ehsan, escaped final 12 months three years after he handed himself in to the army.
”All these chargeable for it had been tried and penalised,” Main Normal Babar Iftikhar, spokesman for Pakistan’s Armed Forces, advised reporters within the metropolis of Rawalpindi the place the military is headquartered.
He mentioned these penalised had been army personnel however didn’t give particulars together with the quantity or identification of whose who had been prosecuted. The army’s media wing denied that any of these penalised had any involvement or collusion with Ehsan in the course of the escape, saying it was a case of negligence.
Ehsan was TTP’s spokesman for practically a decade, issuing statements and holding press conferences within the group’s stronghold close to the Afghan border. He proclaimed TTP’s accountability for lethal bombings and assaults, together with the 2012 capturing of schooling activist Malala Yousafzai.
On Twitter earlier this month, Yousafzai responded to a threatening tweet directed at her by an account allegedly belonging to Ehsan, asking the army and authorities how he had been in a position to escape.
A authorities assertion final 12 months confirming the escape mentioned had mentioned Ehsan evaded custody throughout a counter-terror operation by which he was accompanying troopers to search out Taliban leaders, as he had agreed to do after his give up.
Ehsan has issued statements by means of numerous Twitter accounts since his escape and has mentioned on social media that he’s overseas.
Iftikhar, the army spokesman, mentioned that his tweet this month was by way of a faux account and that Ehsan’s location was not confirmed, however efforts had been underway to recapture him.