Ghazni police chief to come hard on land grabbers
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief on Monday warned no one would be allowed to usurp government land in future in southern Ghazni province.
Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhil issued the warning at a press conference after the provincial council claimed 150,000 acres of land had been usurped in Ghazni.
Amarkhil confirmed thousands acres of land had been grabbed in the province. “No one would dare to usurp public land in future. Such crimes committed in the past would not be allowed in future,” he said.
Amarkhil added only mafia groups and powerful individuals were involved in land grabs because common people could not do so. He did not name any powerful individual involved in land grabbing.
A provincial council member, Abdul Jamay Jamay, also confirmed that 150,000 acres of land had been illegally occupied by strongmen and mafia groups in the province.
“The land grabbing is still in practice and the government cannot put hand on mafia groups,” he said, asking the government to take action against land grabbers otherwise all public property would be usurped.
Khalilullah Hottak, a tribal elder in Ghazni city, said besides Ghazni City, public land had been usurped in Jaghori, Malistan, Nahur, Gilan, Maqur, Andar and Deh Yak districts. He said private land of nomads had also been usurped.
Mohammadullah, another resident of Ghazni city, said townships had been constructed on usurped land in the provincial capital. He added a large number of people were currently living in the townships.
He also asked the government to take action against land grabbers and bring them to justice.
According to reports, nearly two million acres of land has been usurped in Afghanistan during the past 14 years.
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