Report: US approaches formal agreement to use Pakistani airspace

In August, following a deadly attack on US service members by ISIS militants outside Kabul airport, President Joe Biden struck a harsh tone, saying the United States would respond with “force and precision” to the terrorists.

“To those who carried out this attack, as well as to all who want to harm America, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We are chasing you and making you pay, ”Biden said at the time. “I will defend our interests and our people with all measures at my command.”

Following the fall of Kabul, counter-terrorism experts have expressed concern about the presence of terrorist groups such as ISIS-K in Afghanistan. At a hearing in September, General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said it could take al Qaeda six to 36 months to reconstitute Afghanistan.

Pakistan “expressed a desire” to sign a memorandum of understanding in exchange for help in its efforts to fight terrorism with India, even though negotiations are underway, CNN reported on Saturday.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry published a statement Saturday in response to queries on the report “alluding to the formalization of an agreement on the use of Pakistani airspace in the United States to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan”, argued that “no such understanding was in place.”

“Pakistan and the United States have a long-standing cooperation on regional security and counter-terrorism, and the two sides remain involved in regular consultations,” the ministry added.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

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