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‘US must Get Pakistan to Provide its Bases for Afghanistan Operations’: Joe Biden

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New York: Democratic Party front-runner for presidential nominee Joe Biden has said that the US should insist that Pakistan provide it with bases to conduct operations against terrorists in Afghanistan and unilaterally pull out troops from there.

Participating in the Democratic Party presidential nomination debate on Thursday night, the former vice president said: “We can prevent the US from being the victim of terror coming out of Afghanistan by providing for bases — insist the Pakistanis provide bases for us to airlift from and to move against what we know.”

He did not address the problem of Pakistan sheltering and supporting some of the terrorist organization and how the US could reconcile that with getting Islamabad’s assistance against terrorism. “We don’t need those troops there. I would bring them home,” he said.

The other candidates in the debate, who addressed the Afghanistan issue, also supported unilateral troop withdrawal regardless of whether there is an agreement with the Taliban, which Trump is seeking as a precondition to troop withdrawal.

A unilateral troop withdrawal could destabilize the situation in Afghanistan, where the elected government is under constant attacks from the Taliban and other terrorists, some of them backed by Pakistan.

Joe Biden gave an incoherent description of the Afghanistan situation saying that it was “three countries” with one under Pakistani control. “It’s three different countries. Pakistan owns the three counties — the three provinces in the east. They’re not any part of — the Haqqanis run it. I will go on and on,” he said. (IANS)

 

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