Angry protesters block Kabul-Jalalabad highway
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than hundred enraged protesters on Saturday blocked the busy Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Hodkhil locality of capital Kabul against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for what they said grabbing their private lands.
The protest rally emerged at around 9:00am and was underway as of 2:00pm, keeping the road blocked for all kinds of traffic on the eastern outskirts of Kabul. They claimed the MoD had grabbed and fenced their as many as 1,000 acres of hereditary land.
Javed Dilawar, head of the local council, told Pajhwok Afghan News the land belonged to them since centuries and they possessed ownership documents and taxpayer bills.
He said they had their problem referred to the authorities concerned, including the Defence Ministry, but no government organ had paid attention to their problem. The protesters erected tents on the highway and did not allow vehicles.
But a spokesman for the MoD said they would pay rents to land owners if the protesters proved they owned the land used by the ministry.
Dawlat Waziri said the protesters should refer to the ministry’s logistics and construction affairs department and if their land had been used by the MoD, they would be paid rents. He, however, said if the area belonged to the MoD, the protesters would be satisfied.
But Javed Dilawar said no government official had arrived to listen to them as of 2:00pm.
He said they had decided to hold the protest and keep the highway closed until the issue was resolved.
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