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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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Islamic countries to meet on Afghanistan crisis on Dec. 19

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Pakistan’s foreign minister called on Saturday for a fresh effort to stop neighboring Afghanistan sliding further into crisis as he announced an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) later this month. 

The meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries will be held in Islamabad on Dec. 19, with delegations from the European Union and the so-called P5 group of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China also invited.

“To abandon Afghanistan at this stage would be a historic mistake,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi told a news conference in Islamabad, warning that half the country was facing the risk of starvation that could trigger further chaos.

“Instability could give way to renewed conflict, it could trigger an exodus of refugees,” he said.

There have been growing warnings of the humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan since international aid was abruptly cut following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) takeover on Aug. 15 and fears of disaster if the situation is not brought under control.

However, getting help in has been hindered by sanctions on dealing with the IEA, the U.S. decision to freeze billions of dollars of central bank reserves held outside Afghanistan and the collapse of much of the country’s banking system.

Pakistan recently agreed to allow 50,000 tonnes of wheat to transit through its territory from India to help Afghanistan but aid agencies have warned that much more help is urgently needed.

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Pakistan to let Afghan trucks transport wheat from India to Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s has allowed India to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines through Wagah as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government said in a statement Saturday.

“With a view to further facilitate Pakistan’s decision to allow transportation of 50,000 MT of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes, it has been decided to also allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham,” read the statement.

“This demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the proposed humanitarian assistance.”

The statement noted that the decision was conveyed to the Charge d’ Affaires of India on Saturday at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs adding that “the Indian government was also urged to proceed quickly to take necessary steps to expeditiously undertake the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.”

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France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan: Macron

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Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.

Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) after they took power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

The United States and other Western countries shut their embassies and withdrew their diplomats when the previous government collapsed, following which the IEA declared an interim government whose top members are under U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

“We are thinking of an organisation between several European countries… a common location for several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha before heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

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