With Eye On Iran, US Pressing Pak For Bases In Balochistan

The US has been pushing Pakistan for permission to establish bases in Balochistan for intelligence operations against bordering Iran, according to a media report on Monday.

With Eye On Iran, US Pressing Pak For Bases In Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: The US has been pushing Pakistan for permission to establish bases in Balochistan for intelligence operations against bordering Iran, according to a media report on Monday.

The "outburst in America for Balochistan", including a resolution introduced in the US Congress seeking the recognition of the Baloch people's right to self-determination , is part of the move to set up intelligence bases close to the Iranian border, an Pakistani unnamed official was quoted as saying by 'The Express Tribune' newspaper.

The official indicated that the Congressional hearing and resolution were part of "pressure tactics" .

"They (Americans) want to use our soil against Iran, which we can never allow" , the official said.

Two officials from security agencies and one from diplomatic circles confirmed to the daily that American diplomats and military leaders had requested permission for their agents to operate near the Iranian border in Balochistan . The revelation came days after a bill was moved in the US house of representatives , blaming Pakistani security agencies for abductions and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan and calling for the recognition of the right to self-determination . It also followed a trilateral summit in Islamabad of the Presidents of Afghanistan , Iran and Pakistan.