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Campaign launched to recover Nangarhar varsity’s land

Campaign launched to recover Nangarhar varsity’s land

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Jan 22, 2019 - 18:57

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nangarhar University officials on Monday launched a campaign to recover grabbed land of the university in the capital of the eastern province.

Launching the campaign, the university officials said they would recover the usurped land according to the president’s order.

Prof. Dr. Yahya Fahim, Nangarhar University chancellor, told Pajhwok Afghan News they launched the campaign by demolishing 40 shops on 160 acres of land that belonged to the university.

The shops were part of illegal constructions on the university land that has been grabbed, he said.

“Nangarhar University has 290 acres of land, but currently it controls only 130 acres while the rest is grabbed by local residents who have built shops and houses on it”, he said.

Fahim said shops built 15 years ago on the land were destroyed based on an agreement with the shop owners.

The governor’s house has tasked a commission with retaking usurped land following a presidential order and the university’s land would be reclaimed as soon as possible, he added.

Owners of the destroyed shops said they had been running their businesses for the past 15 years, earning money to feed their families.

They said the government should provide them with an alternative space so they could continue their businesses.

Sayed Agha, who owned a puncture repair shop in the area, said they had obtained the land on lease, but no one had ever demanded money from them or extended their contract.

“The university chancellor destroyed these shops in agreement with us, but we ask the government to provide us alternative land because our family needs food,” he said.

The owner of another destroyed shop said they had not grabbed the land but only used it for earning some income. He asked the government to provide an alternate area for their business against rent.

According to Nangarhar officials, 40 people involved in land grabbing have been arrested this solar yearinfo-icon.

Around 150,000 acres of land has been grabbed in Nangarhar and major grabbers happen to be former jihadiinfo-icon figures.

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