Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has categorically affirmed that his country will “absolutely not” allow its territory to be used for operations inside Afghanistan.
“Absolutely not. We will never allow any bases or any business to be conducted from Pakistani soil inside Afghanistan,” Khan said – in an interview with Axios on HBO.
Khan’s statement came in response to a question posed by his interviewer, Jonathan Swan: “Would you allow the US government to have the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) present here in Pakistan to carry out cross-border counterterrorism missions against al-Qaeda, ISIS, or the Taliban?”
In a speech before, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi recently ruled out the possibility of providing military bases for the United States for counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.
Qureshi denied reports that this is possible, stressing that they are unfounded, explaining that the government will never provide military bases to the United States, and will not allow drone attacks inside Pakistan.