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PM Imran Khan rules out air base provision to US forces

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan will “absolutely not” provide any bases to the United States for military action in Afghanistan.

He said this in an interview with Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios. Swan asked if Imran Khan would allow the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA in Pakistan to conduct cross-border, counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan.

“Absolutely not. There’s no way we are ever going to allow,” the Pakistan PM replied.

“Any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan, absolutely not.”

In April, President Arif Alvi said that his country won’t become “a base of US action in Afghanistan” after the withdrawal of US troops from the neighbouring country in September.

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