US never Asks for Military Bases in Pakistan: Western diplomats
A senior Western diplomat has said that the United States has not asked Pakistan for military bases at any stage or at any level as a result of the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the subject, said: “None of the entire US administration has requested bases, and So far, little attention has been paid to this issue in Pakistan. ”
“Pakistan’s repeated debates and the hashtag ‘Absolutely No’ campaign have left everyone in Washington bewildered,” he said.
According to informed sources, the United States has also formally conveyed its concerns to Islamabad over its “self-sufficiency” campaign to demand military bases.
Over the past few months, as the date for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan approaches, there has been a debate in Pakistani policy circles over the alleged US request for military bases in Pakistan.
According to a recent report in The New York Times, CIA Director William J. Burns had some “direct discussions” with the Pakistani military chief and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. However, the talks stalled when the Americans realized a lack of interest in their Pakistani counterparts. In May, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi appeared on the floor or in parliament and announced that “no US base will be allowed until Prime Minister Imran Khan is in power.”
However, another senior Western diplomat told The News: “This is tantamount to creating a problem that does not even exist.