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Peshawar court prevents release of Ehsanullah Ehsan

Pakistan Forward

PESHAWAR -- A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has barred the Pakistani government from releasing former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan, reported Dawn Wednesday (December 13).

Ehsan, also known by his real name Liaquat Ali, has been in custody since he surrendered to authorities earlier this year.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Yahya Afridi, Wednesday ordered authorities to continue investigating the former militant.

The court has been hearing a petition filed by Fazal Khan, father of one of the schoolchildren killed in the December 16, 2014, Army Public School massacre in Peshawar that left more than 140 children and teachers dead.

The TTP claimed responsibility for the attack through Ehsan.

The government is planning to grant clemency to Ehsan, claimed Khan in his petition.

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