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Action taken against army officers over Ehsanullah Ehsan’s escape: DG ISPR

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar has said action was taken against officers responsible for the escape of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan from military custody last year, BBC Urdu reported.

Speaking to journalists affiliated with foreign media outlets at his office on Wednesday, Iftikhar said that Ehsan’s escape was a “very serious” matter that had been investigated thoroughly and those found responsible in the episode had already been proceeded against.

He also said “efforts are underway to arrest Ehsanullah Ehsan again” but that he wasn’t aware of his current whereabouts.

The ISPR DG said the commission on missing persons had resolved 4,000 cases.

“Missing persons issue will soon be resolved,” he said.

Major General Iftikhar accused India of aiding anti-Pakistan groups. He said that extremists were getting help in Afghanistan where India wasn’t only giving them weapons but providing new technology too.

New Delhi wants to increase the operational capacity of these anti-Pakistan groups and the Afghan intelligence agency knows about it, according to the Pakistani military spokesman.

Commenting on the peace process in Afghanistan, Major General Iftikhar said Pakistan wanted peace in the neighbouring country at any cost.

“We just have one objective and that is a long-lasting peace in Afghanistan,” the ISPR DG said.

Afghanistan is not what it used to be in the 1990s and Pakistan too has changed, he said. The Taliban can’t occupy Afghanistan and Pakistan won’t support it, he added.

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