No ‘overt or covert’ deal with US, defence ministry told
A Senate panel on Tuesday issued directions to the Ministry of Defence that giving US air bases, foreign boots on the ground or foreign intelligence operations are forbidden under the terms of engagements approved by parliament in April 2012.
The direction came against the backdrop of reports that the US wanted air bases in the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan including Pakistan. Although Pakistan has repeatedly rejected such reports as Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent interview made it clear that there was “absolutely no” truth in reports that Pakistan would allow its territory to be used against Afghanistan, the Senate Defence Committee issued directives to the Ministry of Defence, under which theoretically the three services operate.
The meeting was chaired by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who presented a copy of the terms of engagements which…