Pakistani FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi again rejects any footprints of US on Pakistani soil
Islamabad - Parliamentary leaders in National Assembly in a briefing by top Foreign Ministry officials including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were assured that Pakistan was not giving any of its military bases to US forces after withdrawal of the US troops link from Afghanistan.
Parliamentary leaders were apprised of latest developments in Afghanistan and what impact it would have on Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi ruled out giving any Pak bases to US forces.
“No US footprint s on our soil”, a source quoted Shah Mehmood Qureshi as saying.
He also disclosed that withdrawal process is in progress in Afghanistan and US forces may leave Afghanistan before the September 11 deadline.
Pakistan would continue to extend its cooperation for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan which is crucial for stability in the region, he added.
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Leaders were also told that Pakistan remains neutral and wanted that all political elements in Afghanistan be taken on board on peace and reconciliation which is only way forward.
Foreign Minister said Pakistan has conveyed its reservations to Afghan govt on irresponsible statements emanating from within Afghan govt against Pakistan, which he said would be counterproductive.
He said Pakistan is concerned about deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and assured that all necessary measures are in place to meet any eventuality from across the border.
Foreign Minister said Muslim countries fully support Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace and reconciliation.