Pakistan Foreign Office once again clarifies over presence of US military airbases in Pakistan

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Pakistan Foreign Office once again clarifies over presence of US military airbases in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani Foreign Office once again clarified on Thursday that there was no US military or airbase in Pakistan and no such proposal was under consideration.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed these views during a weekly media briefing here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chaudhri said, “Any speculation on this account was baseless and irresponsible and should be avoided.”

He said, “Pakistan and China have so far completed 19 projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), while 28 are under-construction and 41 more in the pipeline.

“Both Pakistan and China remain committed to implementation of CPEC for quality economic growth and enhanced regional connectivity.”

Chaudhri said the tremendous progress made in the CPEC projects signaled the “shared commitment of Pakistan and China.”

He mentioned that last month, the Rashakai Special Economic Zone under the transformational China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Over the past seven years, he said, CPEC projects had created more than 26,000 jobs and boosted local power industry, he added.