TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan surrenders to military: DG ISPR

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RAWALPINDI, Apr 17: Former spokesperson of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and key member of its splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan has turned himself in to security forces, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations announced in a press briefing on Monday.

DG media cell of the military cleared that the medical student named Noreen Laghari who had gone missing in Hyderabad was recovered in a counter-terror operation in Lahore late Friday.

Announcement about Ehsan s surrender and development in Lagahri s case came in during a press briefing by the DG of ISPR.

A video statement played for the media on the occasion showed Laghari stating that she left Hyderabad and came to Lahore on her own denying abduction news.

She claimed that terrorists were planning suicide attacks across Lahore and she was to execute one of the bombings. The development has surfaced in the case today after a counter-terror operation in Lahore’s industrial area on late Friday left one terrorist killed while his accomplice, Laghari was detained.

Details that poured in after the incident revealed that one of the suicide jackets was 100 percent ready and others were being prepared. Laghari was reported abducted in Hyderabad on February 10. She was enrolled as a student of MBBS in Liaquat Medical College.

While answering a question about news claiming that Laghari spent two months in Syria and received training at an ISIS compound, Maj Gen Ghafoor said that these are claims made by her.

Major General Ghafoor said that sentences in 274 cases have been awarded by military courts so far and anti-terrorism operations are being carried out across Pakistan to eliminate residue of extremism left.

While talking about efforts of Pakistan Army in war on terror, he said that Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is not the offensive of one department but all. Wherever terrorists and their accomplices would be, armed forces and LEAs would eliminate them, DG of ISPR vowed.

At least 108 terrorists belonging to different banned organisations have been killed in Radd-ul-Fasaad, 558 extremists have surrendered while 157 terrorists have been killed in Sindh.

At least 161 terrorists have been sentenced to dead by army courts, he added.

He also said that 622,691 weapons of different categories have been seized in country-wide operations. Major General Ghafoor also laid out that first phase of 6th population census has completed.

Government of Pakistan launched a census after 19 years in March 2017 that is scheduled to complete in two month, on May 15.

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