Taliban forcibly collecting usher in Paktika, claim inhabitants
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Paktika province have said Taliban collected millions of Pakistani Rupees in Usher (one-10th part of the total yield) during the past one year.
They said that militants collected millions only from pin nut owners and traders.
The Paktika province is situated on the Durand Line; it is rich in having pine nut jungles and other dry fruits trees.
Mirbaz, a resident of Zerok district told Pajhwok Afghan News militants were delivering their usher registering sheets to residents so they should fill it and give money to them.
“Taliban militants in Warzhana village of Zerok have created a commission that take one-10 part of the total income of pine nut from farmers,” he said.
“People must pay that money, if anyone refused to give, he would face various threats from militants,” Mirbaz said.
He added that Zerok, Urgon, Omni, Sar Rawza, Gumal, Sarubi, Barmal and Naki districts were rich in pine nuts and the farmers there were forced by militants to pay usher to them.
Bahadar Khan a resident of Omni district said that militants have collected millions of Pakistani rupees from the people of the district.
Citing an example, he said, “Militants take 10,000 Pakistani rupees as usher on each 30 pine nut trees from farmers,”
A tribal elder of Gayan district Kamal Khan was on the same view. He said that Taliban collected 20,000,000 Pakistani rupees from the residents of the district.
“Government is weak but Taliban are powerful here, that is why people give them usher,” he said.
Civil society institutes’ coordinator Yaqub Khan said that he was resident of Urgon district where militants took millions of money from people as usher.
He asked the government to take serious action against militants and prevent them from taking money from people.
However, Paktika governor’s spokesman Nabiullah Peerkhail was unaware about the issue.
“We would direct our intelligence and security organs to investigate about the issue, anyone who usher to Taliban would be punished,” he said.
Pajhwok tried to take the view of Taliban militants about the issue, but the contact was not established.
Few months ago, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that he would punish those who taken usher from people if found.
Paktika shares 365 kilometers of border with neighbor Pakistan and most of deals were on Pakistani rupees.
Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed people in Paktika had given them the Ushar. “People give Ushar to the Taliban with their own choice to be a part of the holy war “Jihad” and earn the rewards. Taliban do equip themselves from similar resources,” said Mujahid.
He said Taliban did not use force to collecting Ushar, but people willingly submitted the amount of Usher to them.
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