No Pak military base being given for US Afghan mission, FM tells Senate

ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday told the Senate that Pakistan was not providing its military bases to the United States to support its military presence in Afghanistan.

Winding up the debate on “the Israel’s systematic assault against Palestinian worshippers in Masjid Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramazan”, the foreign minister rejected the reports that Pakistan has allowed the US military to use its airspace and give ground access.

“The government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will neither provide its bases to the US, nor will it allow drone attacks inside Pakistan,” he said and assured the house that Pakistan was in safe hands.

His remarks came following the remarks of a US official that Pakistan has allowed them to have overflight and access to be able to support their military presence in Afghanistan.

Qureshi says Pak favours responsible, orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan

David F. Helvey, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Affairs, told the US Senate Armed Services Committee last week that the United States would continue its conversation with Pakistan because it had a critical role in restoring peace in Afghanistan. Responding to the concerns of a lawmaker over situation of the post US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, Qureshi said: “Pakistan favoured a responsible, orderly withdrawal.”

He said that they were concerned that a vacuum created in Afghanistan could drag the country back into 1990s. He said that there could be an anarchy leading to civil war in the landlocked country. “Pakistan continues to play its role for the ongoing peace process.”

About the Palestine issue, he said the first goal of ceasefire had been achieved. He added that this was not the solution and there was a need to shake world’s conscience.

He said that the UN Secretary General had been asked to play a role for the revival of peace process. He also said that the President of the UN General Assembly would visit Pakistan on Thursday on his invitation. “The federal cabinet has already decided to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Palestine,” he said.

GIVING MILITARY BASES TO USA AGAINST NATIONAL INTEREST: MAULANA

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that giving air or military bases to America is against the national interest.

Addressing a media talk here in Islamabad, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said that giving bases to America once again was like pushing the county into another unending war, saying that Pakistan’s airs and soil should not be used against any other country.

He stated: “This mistake was committed back in 2001 when Pakistan’s soil was used against Afghanistan, and this should not be happened again.” Maulana maintained that the opposition parties would once again get on the same page to give tough time to the government. He said that the opposition parties on the platform of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) would form a joint strategy to move forward.

While criticising the government, he said that the PTI government had failed to deliver and the government was pushed towards an economical crisis; adding that the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.

Maulana while rejecting the Wqaf Amlak Bill, said that it was against the Quran and Sunnah and the religious segment of the country will never accept this Bill.

 

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