A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying a handful of passengers touched down the hamid karzai international airport  at Kabul airport Monday, the first international commercial flight to land since the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan on August 15.

A PIA spokesman said at the weekend that the airline was keen to resume regular commercial services between Pakistan and afghanistan, but it was too soon to say how frequently flights between the two capitals would operate.

According to news agency AFP ,”There was hardly anyone on the plane, around 10 people  maybe more staff than passengers,” said an AFP journalist aboard the flight from Islamabad.

Qatar Airways operated several charter flights out of Kabul last week, carrying mostly foreigners and Afghans who missed out on the evacuation before august30 .

Kabul airport was severely damaged during a chaotic evacuation of more than 120,000 people that ended with the withdrawal of US forces on August 30. The Taliban have been scrambling to get it operating again with technical assistance from Qatar and turkey to  make the airportoperational again.

Many NATO nations admitted that they had run out of time to evacuate thousands of at risk afghans before the  withdrawal  deadline agreed between the united states and the Taliban .

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