Land grabbers pose serious security threats in Logar
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday said land grabbers had created serious security problems in central Logar province.
Governor Mohammad Halim Fidai told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of powerful individuals had encroached on thousands of acres of land in the province during the past 14 years.
He said the land grabbers were creating security problems in order to protect their own interests.
“Land grabbers are more dangerous than militants, they are involved in most of security incidents that happened in the recent days,” he added.
Fidai said a magnetic bomb blast that injured eight people including four judges and four civilians and killed a policeman in Pul-i-Alam, the provincial capital, on Sunday was the handiwork of land grabbers.
He said a decisive fight against the land grabbers was underway and their cases had been referred to the judicial organs.
“The land grabbers are using different pressure tactics after their cases were sent to the judicial organs,” the governor added.
Few days ago, Fidai said, the appellant court rejected documents of a number of land grabbers as illegal. He said thousands of acres of land had been usurped by land grabbers in 16 areas of Logar.
“It is possible that the land grabbers have connection with militants, the land mafia might pay money to militants in return for claiming responsibility of attacks on judges,” he added.
The governor did not name anyone, but said: “We have prepared a list of all land grabbers. It is up to the court to expose their names to public.”
Provincial council head Sayed Qaribullah Sadaat also said some people in Logar had usurped thousands of acres of land. The government had failed to prevent thousands of acres of land from illegal occupants in the past 14 years, he added.
“I hold the government responsible for failing to prevent the land usurpation in-time, the state did not assess fake documents of ownership, the land grab is now a big problem for people in whole of Afghanistan,” Sadaat said.However, he added the government should carefully address land grabbing cases.
Based on Afghanistan Land Authority, around 11 million acres of land has been usurped over the past 14 years.
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