Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ give bases to CIA for Afghanistan operations: PM Khan

 Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ give bases to CIA for Afghanistan operations: PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan

Islamabad, 19 June: Prime Minister(PM) Imran Khan has categorically said that Pakistan will “absolutely not” allow the CIA to use bases on its soil for cross-border counterterrorism missions after American forces withdraw from Afghanistan.

In an interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, which will be aired Monday at 3:00 am PST, the premier reiterated Pakistan’s stance on the use of military bases and categorically stated that Islamabad will not allow it.

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.

The prime minister was again asked by the US media for his comments on giving access to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to military bases.

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.”

Read more: Dasu Dam to yield fruits for Pakistan: PM Khan

Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Friday reached Dasu to review construction work at the dam site.

Speaking to the foreign engineers and the workers engaged with the project, PM Imran Khan said Dasu Dam will yield fruits for Pakistan and termed it as one of the biggest projects.

The premier said the project will generate cheaper electricity to cater to the country’s power needs. “Cheaper electricity will provide relief to the people and will help in reducing the inflation as costly energy always bring inflation.”

He extended good wishes to the staff working on the project and added that the nation stands firmly united with them in this difficult task.

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