Pakistani women rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai responded to a tweet from an account named after Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spoksperson of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. The tweet which is now unavailable was allegedly from a fake handle and it threatened Malala Yousafzai and her father Zaiuddin Yousafzai.
However, Malala who perhaps didn’t know that account was fake responded to the threats and questioned Prime Minister Imran Khan and DG ISPR how former TTP spokesperson who claimed the responsibility of attack on her, got escaped.
Malala Yousafzai Receiving Threats from Fake Account of Ehsanullah Ehsan
23 years old Malala Yousafzai who is from Swat, Pakistan, and who is campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan had fled to the United Kingdom after getting attacked in 2012. She received Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. The women’s rights activist also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Soon after the Nobel Laureate responded to threats from the fake account she began trending on Twitter with different opinions from the users. While many sympathized with Malala and slammed the former Taliban spokesperson, there were also those who questioned Malala how she took a fake account with merely a few hundred followers serious.
However, not everyone called out Malala for paying attention to a fake account. There were those who thought that she was shot in the head at a very young age and it was very right of her to take every threat seriously. Also, the fact that she still does have enemies who hate her either for her activities or merely for being famous is enough to make her concerned about any such threat she recieves from any platform.
Who Is Behind the Fake Ehsanullah Ehsan Account
Ehsanullah Ehsan as a former TTP spokesperson claimed responsibility of the attack on Malala Yousafzai and the terrorist attack in the Army Public School Peshawar. He later had parted ways with TTP due to ideological differences and joined Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. In 2017, as per then, ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) chief Major General Asif Ghafoor Ehsanullah Ehsan had surrendered himself. However, Taliban reportedly claimed that he was captured by Pakistani forces.
After almost 3 years of capture Ehsanullah Ehsan had escaped the custody of Pakistani forces; an event that raised several questions for Pakistani government.
After the recent Twitter episode about exchange of comments from Malala Yousafzai and the fake account people are questioning who was running this Twitter handle.
The account now has been suspended, but there is also an opinion that this may be an Indian campaign to discredit Pakistan’s efforts against the terrorism, particularly to tarnish its rival country’s image before FATF (Financial Action Task Force).
Later last year, a European NGO EU Disinfo Lab had debunked India’s misinformation campaign against Pakistan. Given such evidences, the opinions that the fake Ehsanullah Ehsan account can be part of some Indian campaign can’t be ignored.