Afghan police return to Kabul airport

The police force of the former Afghan government returned to perform the security mission of Kabul airport for the first time with the Taliban.

“I received a call from a senior Taliban commander asking me to go back to work. Yesterday was a great day, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve again,” an Afghan policeman, who did not want to be named, said yesterday. now, while on duty at the Kabul airport.

Another Afghan policeman shared that he was returned to work after more than two weeks at home. AFP reporters at Kabul airport also saw officers deployed at several airport checkpoints, including the domestic terminal.

Afghan national border policemen stand guard outside Kabul airport on September 12.  Photo: AFP.

Afghan national border policemen stand guard outside Kabul airport on September 12. Photo: AFP.

The Taliban announced that it had granted a general amnesty to all those who worked for the former Afghan government, including the military, police and other security sectors. The Taliban added that they wanted to unify the opposing forces, but did not specify how.

After the Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, the airport in the capital was plunged into chaos as crowds continued to flock to try to leave the country. Kabul airport is said to have been severely damaged following a series of evacuations.

The Taliban is getting Kabul airport back up and running with technical support from Qatar. The UAE also established an air route to the airport to deliver tons of aid to Afghanistan.

Qatar Airways in recent days has operated flights leaving Kabul, mainly carrying foreigners and Afghan nationals who missed previous evacuation flights. An Afghan airline also resumed domestic flights last week, while Pakistan International Airlines is scheduled to depart from Islamabad to Kabul in the coming days.

Ngoc Anh (Follow AFP)

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