No talk by the US for military base in Pakistan: NSA Yusuf – News Vibe24

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    Islamabad: Pakistani National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf has said no US official or lawmaker has requested a military base in Pakistan, dismissing reports that the Biden government was seeking US military bases in the country to influence the insurgency.
    Yusuf made the comments as he completed his 10-day trip to the United States. He met with senior officials during his visit before leaving for Islamabad, the Dawn newspaper reported on Saturday.
    “The word base was not mentioned, not once, during our talks, except in the media,” Yusuf told Pakistani-based Pakistani journalists as he summed up the visit.
    “The bases were not discussed at all by either side during this trip, because we have already clarified our position. This chapter is closed,” he said.
    Prime Minister Ranmran Khan in June ruled out hosting US bases in Pakistan for war-torn military action in Afghanistan, fearing it could lead his country to a “target of retaliatory attacks” by terrorists.
    Earlier reports in both the US and Pakistani media claimed that the Biden government was looking for military bases in Pakistan to influence developments in Afghanistan, especially if the Taliban took control of Kabul.
    At recent congressional hearings, US officials spoke of using Pakistani airspace to reach Afghanistan and establish a base in the region, but did not say where.
    Stressing Pakistan’s desire to maintain good relations with the United States and China, Yusuf said, “If there are tensions between the United States and China, we can not say that our relations with both will remain perfect.”
    Recent US media reports indicate that Afghanistan and China are the two main obstacles to re-establishing a close relationship between Pakistan and the United States.
    According to reports, Washington wants Islamabad to use its influence to prevent the Taliban from occupying Kabul.
    U.S. politicians also want Pakistan to join a U.S.-led alliance to limit China’s growing influence in the region.
    Commenting on this, Yusuf said that Pakistan does not see it as a “zero-sum game, either with the US or China”.
    Pakistan has and wants to maintain good relations with both, he added.
    “In fact, our location gives us the opportunity to play a key role in promoting good relations between the United States and China, as we did in 1970,” he said.
    The NSA has said that Pakistan wants the United States to remain committed to Afghanistan and to continue to play a leading role, as it has done in the past.
    “In fact, we believe that the full withdrawal of the United States will have a negative impact on the whole region,” he said.
    “Pakistan shares the US ambition for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he said.
    Insisting that both countries had the same goal, “achieving a political settlement in Afghanistan,” the Pakistani official said, “the only difference is in the methodology and that is why we decided to remain committed.”
    Afghanistan has seen an increase in violence by the Taliban following US President Joe Biden announcing the withdrawal of US troops and NATO forces by 31 August.
    Dawn said Yusuf, however, acknowledged that there were differences between Pakistan and the current government in Kabul, mainly because “they continue to make offensive statements about Pakistan.”
    While Kabul claims that Islamabad is sending thousands of fighters to fight in the war-torn country and providing safe haven for the Taliban, Pakistan claims that Afghanistan is hosting the anti-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan-Pakistan also the separatist Balochistan Liberation Army.

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