AFGHANISTAN. Kabul: Reacting to media reports about the US military troops’ possible intention to keep its presence in the region after leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban has asked the neighboring countries of Afghanistan not to provide such an opportunity to anyone in a statement on Wednesday.
Taliban said that they repeatedly assured others that “our soil will not be used against the security of others”. “We are similarly urging others not to use their soil and airspace against our country.”
“If such a step is taken, then the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes,” the statement said.
The group warned of “future consequences” for countries that allow “foreign military bases” on their territory.
“The Muslim and Mujahid nation of Afghanistan will not remain silent before such heinous and provocative acts. Rather, it will fulfill its religious and historical responsibilities in the same way as it has performed throughout history,” the statement said.
“We urge neighboring countries not to allow and grant anyone such a concession.”
Pakistan welcoming the military bases
Meanwhile, Pakistan has shown interest in providing areas for US bases based on some media reports.
The US forces are preparing for a military troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to the reports, the Pakistani air forces are reviewing the establishment of an airbase for US military troops in Balochistan.
The US defense minister recently had a conversation with the head of the Pakistan army about the military operations.
Tahir Khan, a Pakistani journalist said, “When a member of US senate foreign committee says that Pakistan provides them with airbase, it must be true.”
Pakistan has rejected the claims so far.
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France Press News Agency quoting a US Defense official, reports that Pakistan allowed the Pakistan air space for US backup operations for Afghanistan.
Yesterday, Sham Mahmoud Quraishi, Pakistan foreign minister rejected the claims while speaking at the Pakistan parliament.
In an interview with the Sputnik News Agency, two days ago, Zamir Kabulov, Russian envoy for Afghanistan also rejected the possible establishment of US bases in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.