ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan categorically declared on Saturday that Pakistan would “absolutely” not allow any base or use of its territory for any kind of action inside Afghanistan.
“Absolutely not! We are not going to authorize any bases, any kind of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan,” he told “Axios on HBO” in an interview.
In an excerpt from the interview (full interview to be broadcast on Sunday) shared on the Axios website on Saturday, interviewer Jonathan Swan asks: Taliban? ”
Stunned by his clear “absolutely not” response, the interviewer interrupted the Prime Minister by asking, “Seriously? »To reconfirm his remarks.
“Axios on HBO” is a documentary news program that combines reporting from Axios journalists with the expertise of HBO filmmakers to explore the collision of technology, media, business and politics.
The series featured interviews with former US President Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Elon Musk, Mary Barra, current US President Joe Biden, Andrew Yang and Kamala Harris, among others.
APP adds: Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that Pakistan wanted the Afghan peace process and the troop withdrawal to move forward in tandem, but in fact there was a disconnect between the two. of them.
Speaking to TRT World during his visit to Antalya, Turkey, he said Pakistan had called for a responsible withdrawal in addition to wanting the peace process to go side by side.
“What I am seeing is that the withdrawal is proceeding at a fairly rapid pace but that the peace process is advancing steadily.
“And it’s a bit disconnected there. And that concerns me ”, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He expressed concern about the rise in violence in Afghanistan, which was not only linked to the Taliban, but also to Daesh and other troublemakers in Afghanistan, who may not have been keen to ‘see there peace and stability.
“They have their own designs and patterns. It’s a complicated situation. There are internal struggles in Afghanistan, ”he added.
Qureshi said other conflicts like Jammu and Kashmir are also hampering economic progress and integration in the region. He said the world was more and more involved in great competition and confrontation and people were forced to take sides.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic persisted and would obviously leave behind its economic and financial implications which also required preparation.
FM Qureshi said Pakistan facilitated the peace process and engaged with all regional powers at every forum, including the Doha process, the Istanbul process, the Heart of Asia format and Moscow.
He said Pakistan was constructively committed to peace and stability in Afghanistan and would continue to do so.
“But it’s a shared responsibility. You cannot return the ball to Pakistan. Pakistan is a regional player. There are other global players and there are other interests which are of primary importance in the region ”, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“So it has to be a holistic approach and Pakistan will be a partner for peace,” he added.
Elsewhere, Qureshi congratulated Antonio Guterres on his reappointment as UN Secretary-General for a second five-year term, calling it a manifestation of the international community’s confidence in his leadership.
“Congratulations to Antonio Guterres on his appointment as UN Secretary-General for a second term. This re-election is a manifestation of the international community’s confidence in your leadership, ”Qureshi said on Twitter.
He said Pakistan would continue to support all of his (Guterres). On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly appointed Antonio Guterres as head of the global body for a second term starting January 1, 2022.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Kuwaiti Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah also met on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum in Turkey.
The two sides agreed to develop a five-year strategic plan to further strengthen bilateral ties, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a press release.
The two sides discussed the full range of bilateral relations and stressed the need for enhanced collaboration on issues of mutual interest in regional and international forums.
Qureshi praised the ease of visa restrictions for Pakistani nationals by Kuwait.
“Pakistan places high priority on its fraternal relations with Kuwait, which are firmly anchored in shared values and common interests in multiple fields,” Qureshi told his counterpart.
The two sides also discussed how their countries could cooperate with each other in the field of food security and to advance multilateral cooperation in relevant fora, especially in the Cooperation Dialogue in Asia (ACD). .