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Tribal elders, scholars ban land exchange in Khost

Tribal elders, scholars ban land exchange in Khost

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Sep 20, 2011 - 20:32

KHOST CITY (PANinfo-icon): Tribal elders, religious scholars and civil societyinfo-icon members in a meeting on Tuesday decided to ban the exchange of land in the southeastern Khost province.

The decision of elders came after, Khayaluddin a resident of Khost city, claimed that he had exchanged his almost 200 acres of land in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, with land in Khost city.  He said he exchanged the land with an order of President Hamid Karzai.

He had handed his land to the government in Balkh and received land from government in this city. However, a tribal elder from Lakani area, Mohammad Qayum Khan told the meeting that any tribe in this province would never allow exchange of land with other provinces.

He said that they would not accept the claim of Khayaluddin about receiving the order of Karzai, whether it was real or fake, would endeavor to recover the land.

Since Khost is a mountainous province having inadequate farmland, it could not meet demands of Khost residents, Ghafoor Gohar talking on behalf of traders, said in the meeting. In order to properly distribute the lands over Khost residents, there was need for planning, he added.

"If our demand is not met and again land is exchanged with other provinces, we will stage a rally and close the highways, and will demand our right by this way," the civil society members said unanimously.

Provincial Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi on the other hand said that the order of president Karzai, with Khayaluddin, for exchange of land, was fake and the land exchange was stopped.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Naeemi said that Khayaluddin had been arrested by security forces and was in the police custody.      

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