Dozens of ‘illegal’ shops demolished in Ghazni
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of illegal and unplanned shops constructed on government land were demolished on Monday in the southern province of Ghazni, the attorney’s office said.
Some people had illegally constructed shops on government land, Abdul Rashid Abid, the attorney, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
“A delegation comprising officials of various departments has been appointed to destroy these shops,” he said.
Abid said at least 30 shops had been destroyed so far since the launch of the campaign on Monday and the demolition would continue.
A shopkeeper, Mohammad Hanif, said “we had not usurped the land but the municipality had given the land to us under a contract.”
Abid said some powerful men had usurped around 70.5 thousands of acres of land. A commission has been appointed to recover the land, said the attorney, who didn’t name any land grabbers.
“Some of the land grabbers are part of the government and are on high posts. It will take time to recover the land from them.”
According to reports, nearly one million acres of land has been usurped by government officials and ordinary people during the past 14 years across Afghanistan.
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