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Was Ehsanullah Ehsan’s ‘Escape’ Part Of A Deal?

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Government officials have so far not responded to the reports of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan’s escape from custody. However, journalist Sabir Shakir has spoken on the matter on his recent show where he not only confirmed the reports of the former Taliban leader’s escape to Turkey but made some startling claims.

According to Sabir Shahir, Ehsanullah Ehsan did not ‘escape’, but he was released as a result of an agreement between him and the government. He added that after the negotiation between US officials and Taliban, the US released a number of Afghan Taliban, and the act was reciprocated by the Taliban who released Afghan and American prisoners.

Last week, an audio clip of a man claiming to be Ehsanullah Ehsan started doing the rounds on social media after it was shared by a New York Times journalist Tipu Mehsud. In the audio, the man claiming to be the former TTP chief said he had escaped from the custody of Pakistani institutions ‘with Allah’s help’.

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