The article originally appeared on India Today.
Here it is bit modified.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has refuted the Pakistani claims that India and Afghanistan fund the group and its various factions to perpetrate terror against Pakistan. According to an Associate Press report, TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is using a surrendered ex-TTP spokesperson to further its propaganda and drumbeat its agenda.
The ISI had released a video yesterday showing confession of ex-TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan where 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 and its factions for terror activities in Pakistan.
Ehsan and many other disgruntled TTP commanders had split from the TTP and formed a splinter faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) in September 2014, headed by Maulana Qasim Khorasani. Ehsan has also claimed that the JuA chief got treatment in India after he was injured in a terror attack in Afghanistan.
The TTP has called his confessional video a bunch of lies, something that suit the Pakistani establishment. Let’s see what JuA comes up with.
Ehsan, who became the spokesperson of the breakaway faction in September 2014, had claimed that the JuA would work independently and would have no connections with the TTP headed by Mullah Fazlullah. According to Ehsan, the stated goal of the JuA was to implement Sharia globally and they began their campaign from Pakistan. Since its formation, the JuA has claimed responsibility of many deadly terror attacks in Pakistan including the Easter Sunday bombing in Lahore in 2016 that had killed over 70.
On April 17, the ISI had announced the unconditional surrender of Ehsanullah Ehsan. The Pakistani media has claimed that it is the most high profile surrender by a senior Taliban commander in Pakistan in years.