Senate calls for unity against land grabbers
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Mohammad Asif Rahimi informed lawmakers the government had wrested back 22,000 acres of land from encroachers.
During the 30 years of war, two million acres of state-owned land was grabbed by powerful individuals. The ministry has referred more than 700 land-grab cases over the past eight months to the relevant commission, he said.
Khaliqdad Ablaghi, a public representative from Kabul in the Senate, demanded a list of land grabbers be presented to lawmakers. "Let's talk frankly and tell the truth," he remarked.
They were studying documents that would reveal names of the individuals involved in the scandal, the minister promised, while responding to Ablaghi's demand.
Mayor of Kabul Muhammad Younus Nawandesh said they were facing many problems because of encroachments on state land in the city. The municipality could not prevent the influential people from encroaching on government property, he added.
A member from Kandahar, Bismillah Afghanmal, claimed land grab-cases over the past one decade had been unprecedented in Afghanistan's history. Officials always talked of stringent laws but failed to deal with the issue, he regretted.
Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar assured the officials the Meshrano Jirga would support them against land grabbers. He asked all state pillars to stand united to prevent illegal seizure of government property.
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