No ‘understanding in place’ to be used of Pakistani airspace by US

Pakistan on Saturday denied that there was any understanding between Islamabad and Washington to be used of the nation’s airspace by the United States to conduct navy and intelligence operations in Afghanistan.

In an earlier interview with a international correspondent, Prime Minister Imran Khan had categorically mentioned that Pakistan would “absolutely not” permit any bases and use of its territory for any form of motion inside Afghanistan.

“Absolutely not. There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not,” the prime minister had informed ‘Axios on HBO’ in an interview.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the newest information reviews alluding to such an settlement and said “no such understanding was in place”.

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“Pakistan and the US have longstanding cooperation on regional security and counter-terrorism and the two sides remain engaged in regular consultations.”

Earlier, the opposition had additionally demanded from the federal government to provide an evidence to the home about claims made by a senior Pentagon official that Pakistan had allowed the US navy to make use of the nation’s airspace to help its presence in Afghanistan.

The newly-formed Taliban authorities has additionally referred to as on all international locations, particularly the United States, to “act in accordance with international commitments and not encroach on Afghanistan’s airspace”.

According to a press release issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), all international locations are the only real homeowners of the territorial and air sovereignty of their states beneath the worldwide regulation, “therefore, the Islamic Emirate, as the sole legal entity of Afghanistan, is the guardian of Afghanistan’s land and airspace”.

US drones, the IEA officers mentioned, are invading Afghanistan’s sacred airspace and such violations should be rectified and prevented.

The interim authorities in Afghanistan has urged all international locations to respect the worldwide legal guidelines beneath the guise of mutual respect and dedication to “prevent any negative consequences”.

The Taliban declared the struggle in Afghanistan over after taking management of Kabul on August 15.

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