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Ghani orders probe into township land-grab case

Ghani orders probe into township land-grab case

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Jul 02, 2018 - 16:26

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): During his trip to eastern Nangarhar province, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met local Islamic scholars, university trachers and students.

Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Basir Sirat, an scholar who attended the meeting at the Shahi Palace in Jalalabad, backed the president’s policy on the peace process and appreciated his efforts for stability.

He sought land for a graveyard, a greater Haj quota for ulemainfo-icon, opening of a library and building of a conference hall in Nangarhar. Management of the Eidgah Mosqueinfo-icon should shift from the municipality to the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon, he proposed.

Ghani thanked ulema’s unprecedented fatwainfo-icon on peace and said he had met Islamic scholars and Haj directors from all 34 provinces of the country. He listened to their problems in the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

He said the government had a countrywide programme for seminaries and Quraninfo-icon memorisation centres. Distribution of one million copies of the holy book across the country has been ordered.

The president said the government paid serious attention to the reconstructioninfo-icon of mosques and he had directed local officials to build a grand mosque in Badakhshan province.

Ghani directed the Nangarhar governor to investigate the grabbing of Qasimabad Township land and present a detailed report to the Presidential Palace. Legal ownership documents could not be issued for grabbed land, he added.

Ghani promised major changes in the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs and the Afghanistaninfo-icon Ulema Council head, Maulvi Kashaf was currently working on opening a Darul Iftaa (house of fatwa).

The president also met Nangarhar University lecturers and a number of schoolteachers. Chancellor Babrak Miakhel shared with the president information on university affairs and problems in acquisition of land. He also floated suggestions for expanding university faculties and improving security.

Ghani said: “I am ready to allocate land for the university and provide necessary facilities for it.” He directed the officials concerned to appoint a delegation for the acquisition of land for the university.

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