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Air defense system installed at Kabul Airport

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(Last Updated On: July 11, 2021)

The Ministries of Defense and Interior have announced a new air defense system has been installed at Kabul airport.

The ministries said in a statement late Saturday night that the newly installed air defense system in Kabul would be activated at 2 am Sunday morning.

“This system has been proven to be useful in repelling rockets and missiles in the world, based on experience,” read the statement.

The Ministries of Interior and Defense have emphasized that the security sector and the security and defense forces are ready to defend their people and country at any cost.

“We can say only that we activated this system last night and it is important for us that it was provided by a foreign country,” said Ajmal Omar Shinwari, spokesman for the security and defense forces at a press conference in Kabul.

The army did not provide further details on the air defense system, nor did they say who the donor country was.

But military experts say the system, which have at least the power to defuse a missile, is critical to the current situation.

“It is difficult to use this military system. Trained people must be prepared for it,” said Zahir Azimi, a retired army general.

Since 2001, when foreign troops arrived in Afghanistan, there have been no air hazard disposal facilities in Afghanistan, and the Civil Aviation Authority has just recently taken over responsibility for Afghanistan’s radar system.

This comes as the Taliban intensifies their attacks in various parts of the country.

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Islamabad wants Beijing to talk to Kabul about terrorism, Pakistani minister says

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

Islamabad would like Beijing to speak to Kabul about the issue of terrorism, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said.

Speaking in an interview with VOA released on Sunday, Iqbal said that Pakistan has concerns on certain groups that are operating out of Afghanistan and carrying out terrorism actions.

“The terrorists who committed the recent incident against Chinese workers also came from Afghanistan, so I think this is a cause of concern, and we also hope that China would also persuade Afghanistan because Afghans listen to the Chinese government in the region,” Iqbal said.

The official said that as a result of crises and conflicts over the last couple of decades in Afghanistan, Pakistan has not been able to invest in its infrastructure, and its economy has developed two major bottlenecks – energy blockage and infrastructure blockage.

Referring to Afghanistan, he said that Pakistan has an agreement with China to have a third country as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has previously rejected Pakistan’s allegations against Afghanistan over security incidents.

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Floods leave 18 dead, destroy hundreds of homes in Faryab

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

At least 18 people have died and two others have been injured following floods in Faryab province on Saturday night, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced Sunday.

The flash floods occurred in Pashtunkot, Almar, Qaisar, Belcheragh, Khyber and Dawlat Abad districts, the ministry said in a statement.

560 houses, 850 acres of agricultural land, 110 shops and a mobile clinic were destroyed as a result of the floods, according to the statement.

In addition, 300 livestock perished and 2,000 fruit trees were destroyed, the statement said.

This comes just a week after deadly floods left over 300 people dead in northern Afghanistan.

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IEA leader approves law on prevention of begging

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

The Ministry of Justice announced Saturday that Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), has approved the law on collection of beggars and preventing begging.

The law has three chapters and 27 articles, and is published in the official gazette of the Ministry of Justice.

According to the law, begging is prohibited for healthy and working people and those who can secure their one-day meal.

The law also prohibits the use of children and the disabled for begging.

According to the law, professional beggars who use a child or a mentally ill person or a disabled person for the purpose of begging, will be sentenced to one month in prison by the court, and their organizers will be sentenced to up to six months in prison.

In 2022, the leader of the Islamic Emirate ordered the collection of beggars. Tens of thousands of beggars have been rounded up so far.

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