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‘Absolutely not’: PM Imran Khan on giving Pakistani bases to US for Afganistan operations

PM Imran Khan's interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios will be aired Monday 3:00am PST

By Web Desk
June 19, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said no to the United States on its request of military bases for future operations in Afghanistan.

The statement from the premier came during an interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, which will be aired Monday 3:00am PST.

PM Imran reiterated Pakistan’s stance on the use of military bases and categorically stated that Islamabad will not allow it.

The prime minister was asked by the American journalist for his comments on giving access to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to Pakistan military bases as was permitted during the government of Pervez Musharraf.

“Will you allow the American government to have the CIA here in Pakistan to conduct cross border counter-terrorism missions against Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban?” Swan asked the premier.

“Absolutely not,” PM Imran Khan responded.

“There’s no way we're going to allow any bases or any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not.”

Axios on HBO is a documentary-news program that combines the reporting of Axios journalists with the expertise of HBO filmmakers to explore the collision of tech, media, business, and politics.

The series has featured interviews with former US President Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk, Mary Barra, now US President Joe Biden, Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris, among others.

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.

However, the country has conveyed to Washington that it is not possible.