As Logar land dispute resurfaces, Kuchis block roads
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday said Kuchis in central Logar province have blocked roads, letting loose their animals to graze in private fields.
Baraki Barak district Chief Mohammad Rahim Amin warned nomadic tribe’s action could trigger trouble if the government did not deal with the situation with a sense of urgency.
Over the past four years, residents and nomads have clashed several times over 2,000 acres of land. Both sides have suffered casualties.
Amin said the nomads had violated a ceasefire agreed with the locals by setting up their own posts along roads and blocking traffic.
Nearly two months ago, the Kuchis and local residents reached a ceasefire following a clash over the land issue. The government had played a key role in bring about the truce.
“The Kuchis are equipped with weapons; they are encroaching on private farms,” Amin said, adding the issue could not be settled by the local authorities.
A tribal elder, Ahmadullah, said their patience with the nomads was running out. He accused the provincial government of supporting the nomads.
Ahmadullah added residents had documents proving their ownership of land that the Kuchis grabbed four years ago.
Provincial council head Haseebullah Stanikzai also blamed the nomads and said that local officials had failed to deal with the situation.
“People of the area contacted me on the telephone, saying the nomads have blocked roads. We would share the issue with security officials to find a solution,” Stanikzai said.
Pajhwok tried to take the views of Kuchi leaders, but did not succeed. However, a nomad from Khaki area, Ziarat Gul, said they were allotted the land through a presidential decree in 2011.
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