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Thousands of acres of land grabbed, but govt stays blasé

Thousands of acres of land grabbed, but govt stays blasé

Oct 04, 2016 - 14:32

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Tuesday said 100,000 acres of land has been usurped by powerful individuals in southern Ghazni province, efforts for retaking the land are underway.

Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News that markets and residential buildings were being constructed on grabbed lands.

“The land-grab process is still ongoing and the government would not have even one metre of land if the practice is not stopped on a priority basis,” he remarked, without naming the grabbers.

No land was left even for the construction of a new building for the police headquarters in Ghazni City, he lamented, saying the HQ was currently house in a market.

Provincial council head, Hamidullah Nawroz, revealed more than 100,000 acres of land had been usurped in Ghazni.“We have raised our voice several times, but the officials concerned have not takenany action,” he said, adding most of government departments were housed in rentedbuildings, something that created problems for people.

Nawroz said all government departments should be shifted out of the city to address traffic and security problems. The government should take decisive action for reclaiming usurped lands, he suggested.

Mohammad Ibrahim Amiri, a resident of Ghazni City, said besides private and government lands, some historical sites had also seized. Residential buildings had been constructed at the ancient sites, he claimed.

“The lands are usurped and markets and houses built on them, but the government does not interfere because officials themselves are involved in such cases,” he said.

Governor Abdul Karim Matin confirmed land-grab, saying the issue had been shared with the president and a delegation tasked with investigatingland-grab incidents would soon arrive in Ghazni from Kabulinfo-icon.

He said efforts for retaking government lands in some areas were underway.According to Afghanistaninfo-icon Land Authority, senior officials, powerful individuals and other people have usurped around a million acres of land across the country.



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