Pakistan would not allow any military base to US for Afghan operations: Pak PM Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that the country would not allow the United States to use Pakistani territory for intervention in Afghanistan. “No way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan,” he told American journalist, Jonathan Swan of Axios, in an interview.

The prime minister was asked whether Pakistan would allow the American intelligence agency, CIA, to conduct counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan using Pakistani soil. In response, Khan said he would “absolutely not” allow the United States to do so.

It may be recalled that the Biden administration in the US had set 11 September this year as the date for the complete withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. However, with the threat from terror groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS and Taliban still not over, the Americans wish to have some control over the events in Afghanistan after their withdrawal.

Intelligence agency CIA has been looking for military bases in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood- either in Pakistan or a Central Asian country. However, the New York Times had recently reported that talks between the American and Pakistani officials regarding a military base had reached an ‘impasse’.

The Afghanistan-based Taliban has welcomed the Pakistani government’s decision to deny a base to the CIA. The terror group’s spokesperson Sohail Shaheen said to The Nation that the American demand was unjustified and Pakistan gave a correct response.

Recently, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had also refuted reports of negotiations between Pakistan and the US for allowing the latter to use Pakistani soil to conduct counterterror operations in Afghanistan.

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