Jamaatul Ahraar spokesman Asad Mansoor, two aides ‘surrender’


DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Banned militant outfit Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA) spokesman Asad Mansoor along with two members of the terror group have handed themselves over to the Dera Ismail Khan authorities.

According to media reports, Mansoor and his associates surrendered voluntarily along with their weapons and documents.

Jamaatul Ahrar is a terrorist organisation that split away from the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in August 2014. The group came to prominence after it claimed responsibility for the 2014 Wagah border suicide attack. In October 2017, there were unconfirmed reports that Omar Khalid, the leader of the JuA, had died from injuries sustained in a US drone strike in Paktia, Afghanistan.

Pakistan had proscribed the organisation in 2016. The group has been involved in more than 100 terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil.

In July, Pakistan welcomed the United Nations Security Council decision to include JuA in the list of entities subject to travel bans, arms embargoes and freezing of assets.

In April last year, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor had announced that Ehsanullah Ehsan had surrendered to the Pakistan Army.

Ehsan was previously the spokesperson of the TTP but later joined the JuA.


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