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NSC OKs $60m for heavy weapons’ repairs

NSC OKs $60m for heavy weapons’ repairs

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May 05, 2013 - 22:45

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday ordered the Ministry of Finance to arrange $60 million for repairs of heavy weaponry and armoured vehicles, the Presidential Palace said.

At an NSC meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi submitted a report to participants on the heavy weapons, tanks and other vehicles in defence ministry’s depots.

In line with a previous decision of the council, Gen. Karimi said, some cannons, BM-21, BM 12 and BM-1 missile launch vehicles, mortar guns, as well as light arms had been refurbished.

Senior ministry officials informed the meeting they had 800 tanks, including T-62, 55, 54 and BMP (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty) 1 and 2 -- infantry fighting vehicles – in their depots, which also contained light weapons that needed repairs.

A statement from Karzai’s office said the council directed the defence ministry to take immediate steps, using its own resources, to renovate the weaponry. The finance ministry was asked to pay the defence ministry $60 million for the task. The repairs have to be completed in a year and NSC briefed on progress every three months.

Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang, Deputy Minister of Defence Inayatullah Nazari and Gen. Hassamuddin, the deputy chief of the Afghan spy service, presented details on the border posts being vacated by US troops in Paktika province.

The defence ministry was instructed to send Afghan soldiers, police and other security personnel to the posts in Shkin area.

Similarly, the interior ministry was asked to take steps for dispatching local security personnel to the posts vacated by foreign forces in other parts of the country.

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