Not at all: Imran Khan remarks on setting up US bases in Pakistan
Published: 04:16 PM, 20 June 2021
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan; Photo: Collected
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that US military bases will not be allowed in the country.
Indian media outlet NDTV reported this on Sunday, citing HBO Axios.
According to the report, Imran Khan recently gave an interview to US news website HBO Axios. There, journalist Jonathan Swann asked him if the “Pakistani government would allow the US to set up military bases in Pakistan as part of the fight against Al-Qaeda, IS and the Taliban”.
“Not at all,” Imran Khan replied, saying: “We will never support the use of Pakistan’s borders to conduct operations in Afghanistan. It is not possible at all.”
Meanwhile, the Taliban, a radical Islamist group in Afghanistan, welcomed Imran Khan’s comments after his remarks were reported in various media outlets.
“We welcome the decision of the Pakistani government,” Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman from Doha, Qatar, told Pakistani media the Dawn on Friday. “The US proposal to set up a military base in Pakistan was unfair and Pakistan responded appropriately.”
The United States has been fighting against terrorism and militancy since the 1999 attack on the Twin Towers in New York. As part of this, the country’s military began operations in Afghanistan in 2001.
At that time, the Taliban government was in power in Afghanistan. The Taliban ousted in the operation. However, a few years later, the radical Islamist group based in Afghanistan began to gain strength again.
The Biden administration recently withdrew troops from the country. Besides, discussions are underway in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on a permanent ceasefire and the inclusion of the Taliban in the government.
But the covert attacks are on the rise in the country amidst the ongoing talks. The attacks are mainly aimed at government officials, journalists and human rights activists. Political analysts say the Taliban are carrying out the attacks as part of a plan to bring full control of the country under their palms.