Still disgusted by the cancellation of the cricket series by New Zealand and England, Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that his country was paying the price for saying no to the United States of America. ‘authorize US military bases on its soil.
Last Friday, the Kiwis canceled their first tour after 18 years due to a threat to the team’s security, followed by a decision by the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) on Monday cancel a bilateral series scheduled for next month.
Informing the media after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chaudhry said Pakistan is paying the price for its position in the face of the geostrategic situation prevailing in the region, as he described the situation resulting from the cancellation. of cricket series as “unhappy”. “If you say ‘absolutely not’ it comes at a price and you have to pay it,” the information minister said.
He was referring to an interview with Prime Minister Khan in June when asked about the possibility of allowing the Americans to have bases in Pakistan to monitor Afghanistan after their troops withdrew. Khan had said that Pakistan would allow absolutely no US bases and the use of US territory for any kind of action inside Afghanistan.
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Chaudhry said Pakistan was prepared to pay the price of saying no to America: “If the nations want to hold their heads up, then there is a price for it and the nations are paying it. I think Pakistan is ready to take on any challenge. Chaudhry said he would hold a meeting with Home Office officials and brief the media in the next few days as there was very important information on “what’s going on” in the region. “You will see how all of these questions relate to the topics of Hybrid Warfare and fake news that we are talking about. How fake emails and fake threats are created and then what their outcome is,” he said. he declares.
Pakistan suffered both financially and from a loss of image due to a sudden unilateral decision by New Zealand cricket authorities to recall their team after everything was ready before the first match in Rawalpindi. Earlier, Chaudhry tweeted that Pakistani television had suffered losses of “200-250 million rupees” due to the series’ cancellation and that officials were consulting lawyers about any legal action that may be brought against the show. both tips.
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He also called the abandonment of the series a “plot” of an “international lobby” against Pakistan, but added that such plots would not succeed.