Afghan Taliban Warn Pakistan Against Providing Military Bases To U.S., Say: 'The Muslim And Mujahid Nation Of Afghanistan Will Not Remain Silent'

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May 27, 2021

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On May 26, 2021, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) issued a statement warning Afghanistan's neighboring countries, especially Pakistan, not to provide military bases to U.S. for future counter-terrorism missions.[1] Titled "Statement Of The Islamic Emirate Regarding Reports About Establishment Of American Bases In The Region," it was published by one of the official websites of the Islamic Emirate.[2]

The Taliban statement comes immediately after the Pentagon said that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan does not mean that the U.S. is walking away from the region. "Just because we are removing our troops and ending our military mission in Afghanistan doesn't mean that we're walking away from the region," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.[3]

It seems that Pakistan is in talks with the U.S. for providing military base in Baluchistan province, though Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi rejected media reports on this issue. However, Pakistani journalist Tahir Khan was quoted as saying in a media report: "Although Pakistan has rejected this, it looks like a necessary option to promote friendly relations between Pakistan, the U.S., and Afghanistan."[4]

Following is the Taliban statement:[5]

"Recently, various media outlets have quoted well-known addresses [i.e., speeches] that the United States wants to stay in our neighborhood after withdrawing from Afghanistan in order to carry out operations in our country. Due to the sensitivity of the issue, the Islamic Emirate wants to clarify its position in advance and share it with all.

"Foreign forces are the root cause of insecurity and war in the region and the greatest tragedy is that everyone has witnessed in the last twenty years, especially our afflicted people, who have suffered and continue to suffer more than anyone else.

"We urge neighboring countries not to allow and grant anyone such concession. God forbid, if such a step is taken once again, it will be a great historic mistake and disgrace that shall forever be inscribed as a dark stain in history.

"The Muslim and mujahid nation of Afghanistan will not remain silent before such heinous and provocative acts. Rather, it will fulfil its religious and historical responsibilities in the same way as it has performed throughout history [i.e., by waging jihad against British, Soviet, the American troops].

"As we have repeatedly assured others that our soil will not be used against the security of others, we are similarly urging others not to use their soil and airspace against our country. If such a step is taken, then the responsibility for all the misfortunes and difficulties lies upon those who commit such mistakes."

 

[1] AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), May 26, 2021.

[2] AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), May 26, 2021.

[3] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), May 26, 2021.

[4] ToloNews.com (Afghanistan), May 26, 2021.

[5] AlemarahEnglish.net (Afghanistan), May 26, 2021. The original English of the statement has been lightly edited for clarity and standardization.

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