Afghan leader, Babrak Karmal, has returned to Afghanistan after a twenty-day visit to Moscow, where he secured further aid for his country from the Soviet Union.
GV EXTERIOR PAN Garrison 'Pula-Charki' at Kabul, Afghanistan
SVs Troops maintaining tanks for combat readiness (3 shots)
SV Soldiers cleaning guns on top of tanks (4 shots)
GV Office briefs men
CU PULL BACK TO GV EXTERIOR Afghanistan National Museum, Kabul
SV PULL BACK TO GV AND PAN Carved squares of stone (2 shots)
GV Two men inspect copper vessels and engraved copper plate (2 shots)
SV PAN ALONG Stone Statues
SV Women looking at jewellery (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Pistols
CU PULL BACK TO GV Frescoes
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Background: Afghan leader, Babrak Karmal, has returned to Afghanistan after a twenty-day visit to Moscow, where he secured further aid for his country from the Soviet Union. Mr. Karmal signed a joint statement with Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, promising continued Soviet support for Marxist rule in Afghanistan. During Mr. Karmal's visit, Moscow television screened film of the main military garrison outside the Afghan capital, Kabul, which western news agencies claim was the scene of a rebellion in October.
SYNOPSIS: This is the Pula Charki garrison on the outskirts of Kabul. It is the main base for the Afghan army and houses two armoured brigades. The Moscow television report said the tank units based there were on permanent standby, ready to defend the revolution and the Afghan people. The report also firmly denied stories circulated by Western news agencies that there had been a rebellion among Afghan soldiers in the garrison. The stories quoted diplomats as saying Soviet tanks had seated off the garrison after clashes between Afghan troops and their Soviet advisers. They said shootings had taken place almost every night of the week. But Soviet and Afghan officials have rejected the reports, describing them as lies and propaganda aimed at driving a false wedge between the national forces.
Also to coincide with Mr. Karmal's Soviet visit, Moscow viewers were treated to further, but more peaceful, scenes. Far from the guns and tanks of Pula Charki, viewers were taken on a tour of the new Afghanistan National Museum which has just opened in Kabul. It is the first time the history and culture of the country have been pieced together under one roof. And the Moscow T.V. report heralded the opening as an important event in the social and cultural life of Afghanistan. The new museum's collection included a wide variety of artworks and artifacts dating back several centuries. The Soviet correspondent in Kabul said the museum showed the Afghan Government was taking permanent care in the preservation and development of a rich national culture.