Pakistan denies reports of US military bases

Islamabad has denied reports of a US military base in Pakistan. At the same time, the country has said it has no plans to establish a US military base in Pakistan in the near future.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Asim Iftikhar was quoted as saying by an IRIB correspondent in Islamabad. Several Pakistani media outlets have recently reported that Islamabad is considering allowing the United States to set up military bases in the country.

Iftikhar told a news conference on Friday (November 5th) that there were no US air bases in Pakistan and that Islamabad was not considering any plans to do so.

A spokesman for the foreign ministry said any imaginary news on the matter would be “irresponsible”. Asim Iftikhar claimed that despite military cooperation between Pakistan and the United States since 2001, no new agreement had been signed between the two countries.

During the occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, the United States called for a “war on terror.” At that time, the then military ruler of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, helped the United States in that war.