Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor revealed on Monday that Ehsanullah Ehsan, the spokesman for the Jamaatul Ahrar faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has surrendered to security forces.
“As far as Ehsanullah Ehsan is concerned, he is in our custody. When there is more information regarding him to share, we will do so,” the head of military’s media wing said while responding to a question during a press briefing in Rawalpindi.
Earlier, detailing the performance of the Pakistan Armed Forces in the ongoing nationwide Radd-ul-Fasaad military operation, Ghafoor said 15 major operations were conducted across the country. “The army performed two big operations in Punjab, one in Sindh, four in Balochistan and eight in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.”
Claiming that the security forces recovered over 4,083 weapons, the ISPR chief said over 500 absconders have surrendered since the launch of the military offensive. He added that “4,535 intelligence-based operations have been conducted while 723 joint check-posts were established in coordination with the police”.
As a result of the operations, 4,510 suspects were detained, including 1,859 unregistered Afghan nationals, Maj-Gen Ghafoor said, adding at least 108 terrorists were killed during exchanges of fire.
The DG said Noreen Laghari, who went missing from Hyderabad earlier, was recovered during an operation in Lahore on April 14. A video was also run wherein the girl revealed details about her disappearance and her potential involvement in a planned suicide attack on Easter Sunday.
Regarding Laghari’s case, Ghafoor urged the nation and the media to be watchful of terrorist elements that seem to be potentially targeting the “mindset of the youths”. Maj-Gen Ghafoor also said that the report regarding ‘news leaks’ will be out within two to three days, adding that will identify the people responsible for the leaks.
Delving into details of Radd-ul-Fasaad, the DG ISPR said it was a collective responsibility and was launched to consolidate previous military gains.