The interior ministry was unable to brief the Senate on questions seeking information about the detention and trial of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, and the nature of cases against him.
In a written response, following a question raised by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar asking if “Ehsan was under trial”, the ministry said on Thursday they had no information regarding this.
“Will the case of former TTP spokesperson be sent to a military court,” Babar had asked.
The ministry said it had no clue pertaining to Ehsanullah Ehsan’s trial, adding that the issue had been taken up with the civil intelligence agencies but they said “they weren’t looking into the matter”.
The interior ministry, however, said the case of Ehsan, who is reportedly in the custody of security agencies, would be put forward before a special committee as per the recommendations of the home department. “The case will be sent to a military court if the committee gives approval.”
In December, Peshawar High Court had barred the government from releasing Ehsan, asking the authorities to continue investigating the former militant.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, who had been associated with TTP and later its splinter group, the Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), reportedly turned himself in April last year.
Apprehensions regarding a possible pardon for and release of Ehsan were raised after his interviews to local media were released and aired.
Observers had asked why authorities deemed it okay to allow the representative of one of the most notorious terrorist groups space on national media.