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Pakistan refutes reports that claim US is in talks to use Pak airspace for air strikes

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On media reports, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said “there was no such understanding”. (file)

Islamabad:

The Pakistan government on Saturday dismissed media reports about the possibility of signing an agreement with the US on the use of the country’s airspace for operations against terrorists in Afghanistan, clarifying that there is “no such agreement” between the two countries. Didn’t understand.

US media organization CNN cited “sources familiar with the details of a classified briefing” to the US Congress in a report, and said the Biden administration had informed US lawmakers that the country was close to a formal settlement with Pakistan. Use of its airspace to conduct operations in Afghanistan.

The report claimed that Pakistan had expressed its willingness to sign a memorandum of understanding in exchange for help in its own counter-terrorist operations and assistance in managing relations with India.

According to a Dawn report, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said in response to a question whether the country’s airspace would be used for military and intelligence operations in the neighboring country.

The spokesman, however, insisted that Pakistan and the US had “longstanding cooperation” on regional security and counter-terrorism issues and that “both sides are engaged in regular consultations”.

In June, in an interview with Axios, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan clearly stated that his country would not allow the US to use any base and its territory for any action inside Afghanistan. – His candid response surprises the interviewer

The Prime Minister had said, “Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties more than any other country engaging in the US war. We cannot take more military action from our territory. We will be partners in peace, conflict.” I’m not.”

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