US nearing a formal agreement to use Pakistan’s airspace against Afghanistan but Islamabad trashes rumours

KABUL, Oct 23 (Pukhtun Nama): The Biden administration had told lawmakers that the US is nearing a formalized agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, according to CNN three sources familiar with the details of a classified briefing with members of Congress that took place on Friday (Oct 22,2021) morning.

After word Afghan local media also followed the way and published such news which endorsed that the Pak-US agreement would be in place for the surveillance of Afghan new government which had takeover the war-torn country on 15 August after the flied of Ashraf Ghani the formal elected president of Afghanistan.

But on Saturday Oct 23 Pakistan had categorically denied the rumours of providing about the formalization of an agreement to use Pakistan’s airspace by the United States to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan, according to the press statement released by Foreign Ministry of neighboring east country.

“No such understanding was in place.” The statement stated.

In a meanwhile the some afghan Taliban followers ride the way to social gadgets and showed their anger on the alleged upcoming agreement between two longstanding cooperation on regional security and counter-terrorism partners.

Muhammad albadry one of the hard liners regime follower wrote on tweeter that the United States and Pakistan have come close to an agreement that would formally allow the United States to use Pakistan’s airspace to monitor Afghanistan.

“If Pakistan agrees, we will also officially provide safe havens and laser weapons for the Pakistani Taliban and we will take part in this jihad.” the tweet further said.

Earlier in an interview with Jonathan Swan, Pakistani Premier Imran Khan, while replying to the query about allowing the U.S. to have CIA in Pakistan to conduct cross-border counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, said, “Absolutely not. There is no way we will allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Not.”

In June, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi stated that Pakistan would not give any military base to the United States. He went on to say Pakistan would look after its interests, indicating that granting basing rights to the U.S. is not considered advantageous.

Pakistan and the U.S. have longstanding cooperation on regional security and counter-terrorism, and the two sides remain engaged in regular consultations.

In the past, Pakistan permitted the U.S. to utilize its bases which increased its security concerns and inside political tussles.