Reports from Kabul on Thursday (20 March) said that some property seized by the government after the 1978 revolution in Afghanistan will be restored to its owners.
GV & SVs People in the streets of Kabul (2 shots)
GV & CUS Afghans looking at photograph of Afghan President Babrak Karmal on posters, and look at other posters (4 shots)
SVs Afghans eating at tables outside restaurant
SV people walking along street
SVs Vegetables on street barrow (two shots)
SV Greengrocer named Noser interviewed
GV Centre of Kabul
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Background: Reports from Kabul on Thursday (20 March) said that some property seized by the government after the 1978 revolution in Afghanistan will be restored to its owners. The government, led by President Babrak Karmal, said that people who have left the country would have their property restored if they returned to Afghanistan within a month and resided a s peaceful citizens.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet-backed government of Mr Karmal has been seeking broader support among the people since it seized power in a coup last December. The city of Kabul itself has been relatively quiet since the insurrection of 22 February, when about 300 Afghans were killed in street battles.
The government has announced a balanced budget, which will be financed mainly by Soviet loans and grants. The country will receive large supplies of Soviet consumer goods, including wheat, sugar, edible oils and textiles. Foreign loans will account for about thirty per cent of total revenue.
A shopkeeper interviewed by a Soviet correspondent is said here to be praising the government of Mr Karmal and the reduction in taxes and prices that are reported to have taken place.
But the Afghan government has been taking steps to mobilise more civilians to fight Moslem rebels in the country. Efforts are being made to involve the local population in security tasks, and men aged twenty-one will soon be conscripted. Government recruiting teams will be paying special attention to the needs of fighting units, border platoons and military education.