Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pakistan offers reward for information on Taliban spokesman

Ehsanullah Ehsan (center), photo from
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday offered a reward of 200 million rupees (2.1 million U.S. dollars) for anyone who provides information about the Taliban spokesman, local media reported.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, routinely claims responsibility for attacks, according to the reports.

In his recent statement the TTP spokesman claimed responsibility for assassination plot of renowned anchorperson Hamid Mir. Police in Islamabad Monday found and defused explosives attached to the car of Hamid Mir, who hosts a famous talk show on Geo television.

Announcing the highest reward, the interior minister told reporters in Islamabad that he does not consider Ehsan as the spokesperson of TTP and does not pay heed to his statements.

The minister vowed that he would soon reveal real facts about Ehsan who is working for external elements to destabilise Pakistan.

Ehsan has even threatened the media, Malik said, adding that the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) would soon capture him.

Earlier, the minister had offered a cash reward of 50 million rupees for anyone with information about who was responsible for planting a bomb under the car of Hamid Mir.

Giving a second chance to terrorist organisations, the minister had announced lifting a ban on some proscribed organisations that are no longer involved in terrorist activities.

He had also asked TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud, his deputy Waliur Rehman, Punjabi Taliban chief Maulana Ismatullah Muawiya and pro-Pakistan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir to surrender for the sake of peaceful future for their children.

"I knew where the TTP receives its weapons. I would advise TTP leaders to surrender before our brave security forces catch your people," the interior minister declared.

2012-11-27 23:28:04

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