US had military talks with Pakistan

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DG ISPR Babar Iftikhar

“I am not going to get into the details of our negotiations with Pakistan,” said NSA Sullivan while responding to a question whether the US would like to have a drone base in Pakistan.

As the United States prepares to end its longest foreign war in history, it is exploring options to maintain military and intelligence footprint in the region as part of its contingency plan to deal with the possible resurgence of terrorist groups.

One of the options is to seek bases in the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan where it can ensure surveillance through the skies and even use drones to take out targets.

It is, however, facing a tough situation as central Asian states bordering Afghanistan are reluctant to station American assets in their backyard because of the Russian influence while Pakistan is also not keen to extend such a facility.