After American soldiers leave Afghanistan, Pakistan will “absolutely not” allow the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to utilise facilities on its land for cross-border counter-terrorism activities, according to PM Khan.
Pakistan’s PM @imrankhanPTI to @jonathanvswan on whether he’d allow the U.S. to set up a presence in his country to carry out counterterrorism missions against ISIS and the Taliban in Afghanistan: “Absolutely not.”
— Axios (@axios) June 18, 2021
The prime minister repeated Pakistan’s stance on the use of military bases in an interview with HBO Axios‘ Jonathan Swan, which will broadcast Monday at 3:00 a.m. PST, and declared unequivocally that Islamabad will not accept it.
To keep militancy at bay, the US is in negotiations with Pakistan and other regional governments about future operations in the war-torn country.
The prime minister was questioned by the US media once more about providing the CIA access to military locations.
“Will you authorise the CIA to execute cross-border counter-terrorism activities against Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban on behalf of the US government?” Swan inquired of the Prime Minister.
PM Khan answered, “Absolutely not.”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stated that Pakistan wants a stable Afghanistan, but that some groups in the area do not desire peace.
Pakistan has explicitly rejected to hand up military outposts to the United States, according to the FM, who also claimed that he has informed all political parties in a briefing that they had no such plans.
“Finding bases may be their wish. We can’t give them foundation; we have to demonstrate our interest.”