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Afghanistan seeks return of Soviet-era aircraft.

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 27 Kyodo

Afghanistan has approached Pakistan to return more than a dozen aircraft that were brought to Pakistan by defecting Afghan pilots during the U.S.-aided, anti-Soviet insurgency, a Pakistani air force official said.

The official told Kyodo News on condition of anonymity that defecting Afghan pilots had flown six helicopters, four MiG fighters and four Su-22 fighters to Pakistan during the 1983-1989 conflict, which have since been kept in airworthy condition by the Pakistani air force.

He said that Pakistan is obliged to return these aircraft and has agreed to do so after sorting out the cost of their maintenance for such a long time at different Pakistani air force bases.
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