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For Mubariz family, Purchaman lives come cheap: Residents

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For Mubariz family, Purchaman lives come cheap: Residents

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Mar 20, 2018 - 17:03

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Purchaman district of western Farah province have long been complaining against the brutality and highhandedness of a powerful family in the town, but the government has never paid heed to their ordeal.

Mohammad Salim Mubariz, the head of the family, who had been the Purchaman district chief for around 10 years, was killed in a roadside bombing.

After his death, his son Mohammad Daud Mubariz started ruling the district and another son Abdul Wali Mubariz was the district police chief until two weeks ago.

Mohammad Musa Nazari was introduced as replacement to Mohammad Daud Mubariz, but Nazari was recently appointed as Farah deputy governor and Daud Mubariz again took over as acting district chief and his brother, Abdul Wali Mubariz, is the district police chief.

Mohammad Ibrahim was recently introduced as the Purchaman district police chief but he is yet to take charge.

A number of residents of Purchaman said they had been complaining for years about the oppressions of Mubariz family. They said recent changes in the local administration did not help and the power remained with Mubariz family.

Background of local people’s complaints

According to a Pajhwok Afghan News report headlined ‘District chief accused of slayings, torture & extortion’, the residents of Purchaman district in early 1394 solar yearinfo-icon had registered an official complaint against the family’s brutality with the governor’s house of Farah province.

According to the petition, Mubarez is involved in the killing of 11 innocent civilians, forcing farmers into cultivating poppies, extorting 330afs from each family on Eids and 500afs for district officials to purchase firewood in the winter.”

Mubarez has also been accused of compelling girls into marriages with his gunmen, illicitly taxing the Kuchiinfo-icon tribemen (demanding buffalos and firewood from them), selling a cement bag for 1200afs and misappropriating project funds. Forced labour is another allegation levelled against the official.

The petition reads strongmen from one family are ruling Purchaman where thousands of individuals have been forced into migrating to other areas by irresponsible gunmen.

In this complaint, Mubarez is accused of killing two men and a child from the same family in the district centre. Members of the aggrieved household claim they had to leave the town after being restricted to their house for a year and a half. 

Following the child’s killing, Mubarez did not allow for one year and a half some 15 girls and womeninfo-icon of the family to come out of their home. “During this period of virtual captivity, we could not contact anyone. Others were not allowed either to be in touch with us,” a member of the family had said in the complaint in 1394 solar year.

The applicants claim Abdul Zahir, a brother of the former district chief, is a local intelligence officer and Abdul Wali, another brother of Mubarez, is the Parchaman police chief. Other district administration officials are also his relatives.  

Govt’s inattention

Shah Wali, a resident of Purchaman district, on Tuesday told Pajhwok Afghan News that the government had not yet responded to the complaints of local people and Daud Mubariz, Abdul Wali Mubariz, Abdul Zahir Mubaiz and their uncle, Aminuallh Mubariz, were still oppressing people and ruling the district.

 “The oppression of this family still continues and that is the reason we along with hundreds of families have been displaced to other districts’ centers of Farah, Herat, Kandahar, Nimroz and Helmand provinces,” he said.

“Whenever we grow opium, they come and collect all the crop for themselves, they also take our sheep in the name of Zakatinfo-icon as well as barley and corn by force,” he added.

Wali said Mubariz’s family used to arrest local people for alleged links with the Talibaninfo-icon and then demand money for their release. “There are no militant activities in this district,” he said.

“If we sign a marriage contract between two persons without the permission of Mubariz’s family, they will arrest and fine us,” he said, adding that a family was recently fined 62,000 afghanis (around 1,000 USD) for a marriage without Mubariz’s permission.

He said Mubariz’s family took 100,000 afghanis for each engagement ceremony of a couple from the bride’s family.

Abdul Sattar, another man who was displaced due to Mubariz’s family brutality, agreed with Wali’s account and said the powerful family harassed people beyond their endurance.

 “Whoever tries to defend their rights or advocate those are killed by this family, they are killed or threatened as a routine practice,” he said.

Sattar claimed one of his relatives was killed by supporters of Abdul Wali Mubariz only for visiting a former Purchaman district chief.

Abdul Sattar, Shah Wali, and a number of other local elders and youth in Purchaman have been displaced from the district and they now live in Farah city.

They say they have repeatedly complained about ‘feudalism, oppression and illegal actions of Mubariz’s family’ to the government, but no one have so far taken action.

They said appointment of Mohammad Musa Nazari to replace Daud Mubariz as the district chief and appointment of Mohammad Ibrahim as district police chief did not help.

They continued Nazari had not visited the district several months after his appointment. “When he went to the district after his appointment, he only stayed inside the district’s building for around seven months and was unable to change anything, so he left his office four months ago.”

Local people say Mohammad Ibrahim was again appointed as the district police chief two weeks ago, but he is yet to return to his job.

The residents ask the government to take to Mubariz’s family members to justice for their involvement in oppression and illegal acts.

Confirmation of complaints

Mohammad Musa Nazari, who was introduced as Purchaman district chief to replace Daud Mubariz, said: “The allegations against Daud Mubariz, Abdul Wali Mubariz, Zahir Mubariz and Aminullah Mubariz by people are totally right.”

Nazari said powerful figures belonged to Mubariz’s family were involved in many murder cases and no one had been able to raise voice against their brutality.

He said his orders were not followee after he was introduced as Purchaman district chief. “Aminullah Mubariz, an uncle of Daud Mubariz, works for intelligence of Iran, a country that also supplies weapons and ammunition to Aminullah Mubariz,” he said.

Repeated promises

The Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), after people’s complaints about Mubariz’s family brutality in 1394, has expressed concern over human rights situation in Purchaman district and has said that it had shared problems of local people with local administration.

Local officials said they were investigating the complaints of people about brutality in Purchaman.

Naser Mahri, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed Mubariz family’s highhandedness over the one and half a decades, but he just repeated his old statements for resolving the issue.

He said local elders and people had shared their problems with the newly appointed governor, Abdul Basir Salangi, and the governor had promised to investigate about the complaints.

Pointing to people’s problems, he said: “If the people are right about their complaints, then the local administration would take its final decision to take those (who committed brutality) to justice.”

In response to a question about government’s silence over the issue for several years, he said appointment of Musa Nazari as district chief and Mohammad Ibrahim as district police chief of Purchaman were part of efforts by the local administration.

About inability of Musa Nazari to rule and probe murder cases of Mubariz’s family, Mahri did not provide a clear response and said people were happy about Nazari’s appointment as district chief and people backed him.

When asked why Daud Mubariz became again the district chief, he said another person would be introduced to replace him in near future.

But Mahri said Mubariz’s family had been able to maintain close cooperation with local people and keep the Taliban at bay from the district over the last one and half a decades. He said the new police chief would take charge soon.

Pajhwok tried to contact a member of Mubariz’s family for comment about people’s complaints, but failed.

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