The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has refuted Pakistan's claim of India and Afghanistan funding the group and its various factions to perpetrate terror against it. According to a report, TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani said that the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was using a former TTP spokesperson to further its propaganda. Khurasani said that Pakistan was using a prisoner to drumbeat its agenda.
The ISI had released a video yesterday showing the confession of former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, in which he claimed that he surrendered after finding that India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) were funding the TTP for terror activities in Pakistan.
The TTP has called the confessional video a bunch of lies that suits the Pakistani establishment.
Ehsan and many other disgruntled TTP commanders had split from the TTP and formed a splinter faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) in September 2014, headed by Maulana Qasim Khorasani. Ehsan has also claimed that the JuA chief underwent treatment in India after he was injured in a terror attack in Afghanistan.
Ehsan, who became the spokesperson of the breakaway faction, had claimed that the JuA would work independently and had no connections with the TTP headed by Mullah Fazlullah. According to Ehsan, the stated goal of the JuA was to implement Sharia globally, whose campaign had been initiated from Pakistan. Since its formation, the JuA had claimed responsibility for many deadly terror attacks in Pakistan, including the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore in 2016 that killed over 70.
Earlier, on April 17, the ISI had announced the unconditional surrender of JuA spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. The Pakistani media had then claimed that it was the most high-profile surrender by a senior Taliban commander in Pakistan in years.