First commercial flight arrives in Kabul after the Taliban take power

A Boeing 777 from Pakistan International Airlines arrived in Kabul on Monday, September 13, making it the first commercial aircraft to arrive there since the Taliban took power last month. Meanwhile, the UN holds an international conference on the humanitarian situation in the Asian country from which accompaniment and solidarity are called upon.

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK 6429 departed from Islamabad carrying World Bank officials and journalists. It is one of the first by a foreign company to land in Kabul since the Taliban took the capital on August 15, and the first of a purely commercial nature.

This is also the first PIA flight to arrive in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US and NATO troops and the large-scale evacuation that concluded on August 31 amidst the tension.

“It was a special chartered commercial flight,” said Abdullah H. Khan, a spokesman for the airline. “We also accommodated other people who wanted to get out of Afghanistan as we had space on the plane,” he added.

Before the arrival of the PIA flight, on Thursday last week a Qatar Airways flight organized the first “scheduled” flight from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport. However, Khan assured that the Qatari company was limited to charter flights and not exclusively commercial ones.

The PIA spokesperson added that the company plans a second flight for next Wednesday.

On the other hand, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that his neighbor Afghanistan “could finally end four decades of instability” and added that this country “has the opportunity to start the path towards peace and development. sustainable “.

In recent decades, nearly three million Afghan refugees have been hosted in Pakistan. Qureshi asked this Monday not to forget the communities that host them “in these difficult times.”

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UN launches campaign to help Afghans

Faced with the crisis in Afghanistan and the uncertainty of what will happen to the Taliban in power, the UN on Monday inaugurated an international conference on the humanitarian situation in the Asian country.

During the meeting, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, warned that that country faces its “most dangerous hours” and needs more international help to overcome them. “It is time for the international community to be with them,” he said.

The objective of the conference is to raise 606 million dollars with contributions from the international community, at a time when thousands of people have had to leave their homes and many are not insured even a plate of food a day.

The United States has already announced that it will allocate 64 million dollars in humanitarian aid, however, the government said that the Taliban have made aid operations difficult and demanded that they allow them to continue safely.

Spain also joined the campaign organized by the UN and announced that it will allocate 20 million euros in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.

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