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‘Absolutely Not’: Pakistan Rejects All Possibility of Allowing Military Bases to US

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that Pakistan would “absolutely not” permit any of its bases or give any part of its territory to the United States for any kind of action inside Afghanistan. Also Read – Australia Chief Selector Believes Players Will Not Play IPL if it Clashes With T20 Tri-Series

“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 said in an interview given to Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, Dawn reported. Also Read – Bizarre! Denied Free Burgers, Pakistani Cops Arrest Entire Staff of a Fast Food Joint

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The Pakistan Prime Minister’s statement came after being asked whether Pakistan would allow the American government to have CIA here in the country to conduct cross-border counterterrorism missions against Al-Qaeda, ISIS or the Taliban.

Axios is an HBO documentary-news programme where Axios journalists team up with HBO filmmakers to produce a full-fledged show of tech, media, business and politics. The series has previously featured former US President Donald Trump, now US President Joe Biden, Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk, Mary Barra, Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris, among others.

Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has ruled out the possibility of providing military bases to the United States for counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan.

Taliban has welcomed the Pakistani government’s decision not to give its military 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, told The Nation on phone from Doha. “The demand by US forces for having bases in Pakistan is unjustified, and Pakistan responded rightly,” Shaheen said.

Reports have also said that the negotiations for the military bases in the region have reached an impasse.

“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,” a New York Times report said earlier this week.

Dawn further reported that the Foreign Minister had rejected as unfounded the reports to this effect and made it clear that the government would never provide military bases to the US, nor would allow drone attacks inside Pakistan.

In a cabinet briefing, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also ruled out the possibility of any airbase of the US in the country saying all such facilities were under Pakistan’s own use.

The US is in talks with Pakistan and other regional countries for cooperation in future operations in the war-torn country to keep a check on militancy, as per The News International.

With ANI inputs

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