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Cabinet warns of suing US over Kam Air issue

Cabinet warns of suing US over Kam Air issue

Jan 28, 2013 - 20:12

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Council of Ministers on Monday discussed drug smuggling allegations levelled by the US military against Afghanistaninfo-icon’s private airline -- Kam Air.  

The government, which has asked the US embassy in Kabul for evidence in this regard, is yet to receive any documents, the Presidential Palace said.

A statement from Karzai’s office said the US military should have shared the issue with relevant Afghan government departments before accusing the airline of drug smuggling.

If the embassy failed to produce concrete proofs, the Afghan government would file a compensation/damages suit against the US military.

On Sunday, the Afghan government formally asked the embassy for the evidence that led the American military to accuse Kam Air of transporting narcotics to countries in the region.

On Friday, Wall Street Journal quoted US officials as saying that the airline smuggled big quantities of opium to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on passenger flights. The bulk of the onward trafficking began at Tajikistan’s airports, usually on Russia-bound flights.



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