Logar residents say Taliban forcibly collecting Ushr
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Residents of central Logar province, a gateway to the capital Kabul, complain Talibanhave been forcing them into paying Ushr -- a 10 percent levy on agricultural products under Shariah.
Sabir, hailing from the Kamalkhel area of Pul-I-Alam, the capital of Logar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban collectedUshrfrom every household during the wheat harvest season.
“This tax collection is not confined to our area; the militants are subjecting all inhabitants of Logar to the ley,” he claims, urging the authorities to deal with the issue on a priority basis.
Niazullah, a resident of the Katabkhel area of Mohammad Agha district, confirms: “The insurgents have amassed thousands of kilograms of wheat in Ushr in our village alone this wheat harvest season.”
Provincial council headSayed Qaribullah Sadat alleges the Taliban had ramped up pressure on the people this year to give them Ushr. Given their stepped-up campaign, he believes, the fighters could bag a higher crop tax.
“Paying Ushr is an Islamic obligation. It has to be given to a legitimate Islamic government for distribution to the poor. It should not be paid to militants,” he remarks.
Salim Saleh, the governor’s spokesman, also verifies the forced collection of Ushrby militants in areas under their control.“This is a brazen cruelty,” he adds.
Security forces would try to prevent the militants from browbeating the peopleinto paying illegal levies, the gubernatorial spokesman promises.
Meanwhile, the Taliban acknowledge collecting Ushr, with their spokesmanZabihullah Mujahid saying people voluntarilygive themUshr.
Residents of Ghazni, Laghman, Helmand, Kandahar, Paktika and other provinces also grumble about the insurgents fleecing them one way or the other, including Ushr collection.
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