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Pakistan offers reward for info on Taliban spokesman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov: 28, IRNA -- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced a reward for anyone who provides information about the Taliban spokesman.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan routinely claims responsibility for attacks.

In his recent statement the TTP spokesman claimed responsibility for assassination plot of renowned anchorperson Hamid Mir. Police found explosives attached to the car of Hamid Mir on Monday.

Announcing a reward of 200 million rupees, the Interior Minister said he does not consider Ehsan as the spokesperson of TTP and does not pay heed to his statements.

He stated it was Ehsan’s misunderstanding that he thought the government would spare him after several attacks, including the one the last month on a 14-year school girl in Swat valley, Malala Yousafzai.

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 prominent journalist and TV anchorman Hamid Mir.

Giving a second chance to terrorist organisations, the minister had announced lifting of 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 a peaceful future for their children.

“I knew where the TTP receives its weapons from. I would advise TTP leaders to surrender before our brave security forces catch you people,” the interior minister had declared.

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