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  • Pakistan will not give airbases to the US: COAS

    Pakistan will not give airbases to the US: COAS File Photo Pakistan will not give airbases to the US: COAS

    Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said Pakistan will not give airbases to the US if the government has decided against it.

    The army chief was responding to questions posed by journalists after he had attended a military and intelligence briefing to parliamentarians on national security and the Afghanistan situation.

    "You should have put this question to the government. Why have you asked this from me?" Gen Bajwa said when first questioned on the military's position on the matter.

    However, when pushed, the COAS echoed the government in saying no base would be given to the US.

    Pakistan has publicly refused to give military bases to the US for operations inside Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country.

    Washington had requested Islamabad's help to keep a check on the situation in Afghanistan and stop it from falling into the hands of terrorists.
    Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his address on the floor of the National Assembly a day earlier, had said Pakistan could be a partner in peace with the US but not in conflict.

    He had underlined that Pakistan became a target for militants when it joined the so-called US-led war against terror and sent its army into the tribal regions.

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