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Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ hand its bases to US: PM Imran (VIDEO)

11:39 AM | 19 Jun, 2021
Pakistan will ‘absolutely not’ hand its bases to US: PM Imran (VIDEO)

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has shot down a request from an American intelligence agency for cross-border counterterrorism missions.

During an interview with HBO Axios’s Jonathan Swan that due to air on Sunday, the premier reiterated the country’s stance on the use of military bases and categorically denied giving its bases to the US for operations in Afghanistan after the troops' withdrawal.

PM while responding to the development said Pakistan will not allow the CIA or any special forces to base themselves inside the South Asian country ever again. ‘Will you allow the American government to have the CIA here in Pakistan to conduct cross border counter-terrorism missions against Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban?” the HBO journalist asked PM Imran.

Premier, who has long opposed US involvement in the war on terror, responded ‘Absolutely not, there’s no way we're going to allow any bases or any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan’.

Reports cited that the Pentagon and US State Department have been pursuing former Soviet republics to Afghanistan as places to continue operations after the September 2021 withdrawal, but so far had little luck.

Earlier, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US has had ‘constructive discussions’ with Pakistan about ensuring Afghanistan will never again become a base from which terrorist groups can attack the US, but declined to go into specifics.

On June 07, a leading US newspaper says that ‘Pakistanis have demanded a variety of restrictions in exchange for the use of a base’.

The article published by the New York Times (NYT) stated that ‘In discussions between American and Pakistani officials, the Pakistanis have demanded a variety of restrictions in exchange for the use of a base in the country, and they have effectively required that they sign off on any targets that either the C.I.A. or the military would want to hit inside Afghanistan, according to three Americans familiar with the discussions.’

Later, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi responded that Islamabad has told Washington that it would not give military bases as Pakistan has to look after its own interests.

Pakistan has refused to give military bases to the United States, adding that incumbent government has told all political parties that they have no intention to allow any US military base’, he clarified.

Meanwhile, US officials are still hopeful they can come to a covert arrangement with Islamabad to have an eye on war-torn Afghanistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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