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Residents seek land paid for 2 decades ago

Residents seek land paid for 2 decades ago

Mar 16, 2011 - 18:22

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): About 200 residents of Kabul on Wednesday protested against the municipality for failing to allot them the land they had paid for 18 years ago.

The residents had gathered in the Qala-i-Zaman Khan area of the capital, demanding the municipality provide them with the land they each paid 120,000 afghanis for.

About 8,000 people in the area had paid money to the Kabul municpality under the government of Burhanuddin Rabbani and received only ownership documents.

"We submitted money for the land 18 years ago and have the legal ownership documents, but the distribution has been a lingering issue for a long time," one of the protesters, Azizur Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said only a few powerful people had received land and the rest had been ignored.

Another protester, Saifullah Khan, said the municipality had asked them to pay for the land again.

He said they had approached President Hamid Karzai and the Supreme Court over the matter and were told the municipality's demand for a second payment was illegal.

"When we conveyed that message to officials at the municipality, they denied giving us land and said 'do what you can'," Khan said.

He warned they would continue their protest until the issue was resolved.

The Parliament Complaints Commission on Tuesday summoned the deputy mayor, Mohammad Aslam Akrami, to testify on the issue.

He said a delegation had been tasked with identifying the land owned by the protesters. He said 40,000 people had been provided land ownership documents in Qala-i-Zaman and other areas of Kabul over the past 18 years. "But this land is not available anymore. How can the municipality give people land?" he said.

But his argument was rejected by the commission.



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