After the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, America wants to prepare for military action against terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan in future also. The US administration is talking in this regard to build its base / ‘staging area’ in other countries, so that if needed, it can conduct ‘over the horizon’ attacks on terrorists and their bases in Afghanistan.
But does America want to make such a base in India too, has America made any such demand in front of the Indian government? When questions were asked to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs on this issue, he was surprised by his answer. Antony Blinken did not rule out this possibility.
In the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee, it was asked whether the US is in contact with India to create a staging area for the Over the Horizon attacks. In response to this, Blinken did not openly give a clear answer, but did not deny it either. He said that the US is in touch with India, and he cannot give public information about the staging area and any such plans before the committee.
Republican MP Mark Green asked Secretary of State Clinton if you were in touch with India about the need for a staging area for the operation ‘Over the Horizon’. Mark Green described Northwest India as suitable, and said that Doha and other areas are far away from Afghanistan. Let us tell you that before this America has also demanded a staging area in Pakistan.
According to sources, before exiting Afghanistan, the US had also demanded a military base from Pakistan. After which Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan publicly said that he would not allow the CIA to build bases on his land for anti-terrorist operations across the border.
However, Pakistan has not yet fully clarified the situation regarding this matter. The pictures of the US military plane landing at Islamabad airport on August 29 had also raised questions whether Imran did not lie to the people of Pakistan only to save electoral losses?
Meanwhile, after the statement of Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, now the opposition has started surrounding the Modi government regarding this matter in the country. Congress MP and former Union minister Manish Tewari has questioned the government whether it is correct that the US has approached India to allow it to be used for air strikes against Afghanistan from its bases in the northwest.
He has demanded an answer from Prime Minister Modi on this matter. Manish Tewari said that any country that allowed America to use its soil for military operations has been disastrous. In the last 70 years, no foreign power has been allowed to set up a base in India. This would be the biggest violation of the sovereignty of India.
Now it will be interesting to see what the government gives on the statement of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and this question raised by the opposition.