May 27, 2023

“There is no way we are going to allow any bases,” Pak PM Imran Khan stated. (File picture)


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that the nation would “absolutely not” allow any of its bases or use of its territory to the United States for any form of motion inside Afghanistan.

“Absolutely not. There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not,” the Prime Minister stated in an interview given to Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, Dawn reported.

The interview shall be aired on Sunday, on the Axios web site.

The Prime Minister”s assertion got here after being requested whether or not Pakistan would enable the American authorities to have CIA right here within the nation to conduct cross-border counterterrorism missions in opposition to Al-Qaeda, ISIS or the Taliban.

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has dominated out the opportunity of offering army bases to the United States for counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.

Taliban has welcomed the Pakistani authorities’s resolution to not give its army bases to American forces after their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“We welcome the decision taken by Pakistani authorities not to give its bases to US forces”, Taliban spokesperson Sohail Shaheen, informed The Nation on cellphone from Doha. “The demand by US forces for having bases in Pakistan is unjustified, and Pakistan responded rightly,” Shaheen stated.

This comes amid studies that the negotiations for the army bases within the area have reached an deadlock, for now, The New York Times reported.

“Some American officials (told the newspaper) that negotiations with Pakistan had reached an impasse for now. Others have said the option remains on the table and a deal is possible,” the NYT report stated earlier this week.

Dawn additional reported that the Foreign Minister had rejected as unfounded the studies to this impact and made it clear that the federal government would by no means present army bases to the US, nor would enable drone assaults inside Pakistan.

In a cupboard briefing, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain additionally dominated out the opportunity of any airbase of the US within the nation saying all such services had been beneath Pakistan”s personal use.

The US is in talks with Pakistan and different regional international locations for cooperation in future operations within the war-torn nation to maintain a examine on militancy, as per The News International. 

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