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Thousands acres of govt land usurped in Paktika: governor

Thousands acres of govt land usurped in Paktika: governor

Feb 11, 2016 - 20:29

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Government’s land measuring thousands of acres has been illegally occupied by powerful individuals in southeastern Paktika province, the governor said on Thursday.

Aminullah Shariq told a press conference in Sharan, the provincial capital, tbhat local tribes sometimes entered bloody clashes as part of disputes over the usurped land in the provincial capital and districts.

“I have also shared this issue with the Cabinet and the President who have assured all the land which is usurped will be retaken,” the governor said, adding the land would be re-claimed and the grabbers awarded punishment based on the law.

“Most of the government land is usurped in Paktika, a process still ongoing, but the local administration would no longer stay quiet against land grabbers,” Shariq said.

Deputy provincial council head Niamatullah also said large swaths of government land had been usurped by powerful individuals, tribal elders, former jihadiinfo-icon commanders and other people.

He said retaking the land from grabbers would be very difficult and time consuming. Niamatullah blamed the government for taking no action so far against land grabbers. He asked relevant organs to retake control of the land and punish the land grabbers.

Mohammad Aman Katawazai, a civil societyinfo-icon activist, said the decades of war in Afghanistaninfo-icon had allowed some people to grab government lands. He said the government would lose all its land if it maintained silence over the issue.



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