Pakistan has assured the US that it will proceed to help America and different international locations in recovering their hostages from Afghanistan, however solely as “a moral duty” and never below coercion or incentives.
The assertion was issued by the Pakistani Embassy in Washington after a report in US media urging US President Joe Biden’s administration to “pressurise or offer incentives” to Islamabad to safe the discharge of an American hostage, Mark Frerichs, who was captured by the Taliban, reported Dawn.
US Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, additionally urged the Biden administration to make use of “all the options” and get Frerichs, one in all her constituents, again residence.
Media experiences mentioned “pressuring Pakistan to act on a hostage case has succeeded in the recent past” and the Biden administration also needs to do this choice to get Frerichs out of Afghanistan.
According to Dawn, one report recalled a 2017 case, claiming that in Trump regime, the White House “initiated secret efforts to cajole Pakistan” to get one other hostage, Caitlin Coleman, out after 5 years. However, the Pakistan Embassy rejected the suggestion that Islamabad was pressured to get Coleman and her youngsters launched.
This comes after experiences emerged that Pakistan would permit the US to make use of its airbases for any motion in opposition to Afghanistan as Washington has begun pulling out its troops amid excessive violence in Kabul.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that the nation would “absolutely not” allow any of its bases or use of its territory to the United States for any sort of motion inside Afghanistan.
“Absolutely not. There is no way we are going to allow any bases, any sort of action from Pakistani territory into Afghanistan. Absolutely not,” the Prime Minister mentioned in an interview given to Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios, Dawn reported.
This comes amid experiences that the negotiations for the navy bases within the area have reached an deadlock, for now, The New York Times reported.
The Pentagon is now mulling to authorise airstrikes in Afghanistan if the nation falls into disaster because of the rise in violence by the Taliban.