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Wolesi Jirga approves foreign military flights management law

Wolesi Jirga approves foreign military flights management law

Dec 16, 2017 - 18:18

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of the parliament on Tuesday approved the draft law on management of foreign military flights in Afghanistaninfo-icon airspace.

Earlier, some reports said that unidentified helicopters were landed in Sar-I-Pul, Nangarhar and some other areas of the country.

Shayesta Baz Nasari, head of the defense commission of the Wolesi Jirga said the draft law for the management of foreign military aircraft flights was prepared in four chapters and 27 articles under a legislative decree.

He said that joint commission discussed the law and there were no any conflicting parts in it.

However, Ramazan Bashardost, a lawmaker from the capital Kabul, said that Afghanistan’s airspace was in control of the US and the Afghan government was unable to prevent movements of foreign military aircrafts.

Haji Hasham Faryabi, a lawmaker from Faryab province, was on the same view and said, “Such laws are useless if we cannot control our own airspace,”

The US uses Afghanistan’s airspace so it should be accountable for it because the country’s airspace is controlled by the US, he added.

Ali Akbar Qasemi, deputy head of the defense commission of the lower house, also said that the country’s airspace was in others’ control and the draft law was prepared for the future.

He said that there was no such law in the past in Afghanistan. This law is developed after some reports about landing and flights of foreign military aircrafts in Afghanistan territory, he added.

However, Mohammad Shah Habibi, head of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), in a press conference in Kabul said that the country’s airspace control was handed over from NATOinfo-icon to the Afghan government since two years.

The draft law was finally approved by 107 lawmakers of 118 present in today’s session of the Wolesi Jirga.




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