Bilwal Bhutto of PPP slams Pak PM; says US did not ask for a military base

9th July,2021

Bilwal Bhutto of PPP slams Pak PM; says US did not ask for a military base



Prime Minister Imran Khan stated unequivocally in an interview with Axios last month that he would not allow the United States to set up bases or utilise its land for military operations in Afghanistan. The Pakistani opposition has rejected Prime Minister Imran Khan's assertions that he is "taking a stance" on a US military base proposal to keep an eye on Afghanistan throughout the troop withdrawal process. "No one has asked him for a base," Pakistan People Party president Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari stated, dismissing the accusations as "fake." During his campaign for the forthcoming elections in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Zardari made the statements during a public meeting in Haveli. "To tell you the truth, no one has asked him, no one has called him, no one has asked him for a base, he is simply saying it on his own," Zardari was reported as saying by Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated unequivocally in an interview with Axios last month that he would not allow the United States to set up bases or utilise its land for military operations in Afghanistan. "Certainly not. We are not going to accept any bases or military activity in Afghanistan from Pakistani land. Certainly not, "In an interview with Axios, Khan stated. "This puppet administration (the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government) does not have the strength to achieve such major things," Zardari continued his attack on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. " As American soldiers leave war-torn Afghanistan, foreign affairs experts predict that Washington, DC may attempt to establish military outposts in neighbouring nations, such as Pakistan, to "watch" the situation across the border. According to a Reuters storey on May 26, US authorities are looking at possible bases in countries neighbouring Afghanistan, such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. They have not, however, reached a deal with any of them. Pakistan and Afghanistan share a border that passes through hotly disputed parts of south and east Afghanistan, where the Taliban have a stronghold.