Bagram residents protest against MoD over unpaid land rent
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Some residents of Bagram district in central Parwan province on Sunday protested against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for not paying the rent of their private lands previously used by American forces.
Around 100 residents of Yawz Bash, Hasankhel and Gali villages participated in the protest rally, claiming the MoD owed $14 million in unpaid rent to them.
Lal Saeed, one of the residents from Yawz Bash village, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had given on rent a total 985 acres of land to the foreign forces against $2,400 per acre annually for the enlargement of the Bagram military facility.
He said US forces had been paying the rent till 2009 and the Americans told them to ask the MoD for future rent before their departure.
He claimed the MoD was yet to make payments to them despite orders from former president Hamid Karzai and former defence minister Bismillah Mohammadi.
Parwan governor’s spokesman Wahid Sediqui confirmed the deal with the MoD and said the ministry should pay the rent to the land owners.
But MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri said he had no information about such a deal. He, however, said the protesting people should refer to the housing department of the defence ministry and share the issue with them.
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