ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday categorically said Pakistan would ‘absolutely not’ allow any bases and use of its territory for any sort of action inside Afghanistan.
“Absolutely not! There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from the Pakistani territory into Afghanistan,” he told "Axios on HBO" in an interview.
In an excerpt of the interview (full interview to be aired Sunday) shared Saturday on Axios website, interviewer Jonathan Swan questions, “Would you allow the American government to have CIA here in Pakistan to conduct crossborder counterterrorism missions against Al-Qaeda ISIS or the Taliban?”
Stunned over his clear-cut response of “absolutely not,” the interviewer interrupted the prime minister asking, “Seriously?” to reconfirm his words.
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