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Time to hold Kabul land grabbers accountable: Haidari

Time to hold Kabul land grabbers accountable: Haidari

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Apr 25, 2019 - 17:56

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The governor of capital Kabul on Thursday said a campaign to recover all land plots from their illegal usurpers would be launched soon in the central capital.

Mohammad Yaqob Haidari, the governor, made the announcement while talking addressing a ceremony organized for the creation of Kabul People’s Council, attended by around 2,000 people here.

The governor said most of the state’s land in the east, west, south and north of Kabul had been grabbed by strongmen.

Without elaborating, Haidari said the usurpers included a number of parliament members, government officials and others and there was enough evidence about their involvement.

“The time has come to hold the land grabbers accountable, we do not allow even a foot of land to be encroached upon,” he said.

Some figures who were in power in the past had unjustly changed the master plan of Kabul and then grabbed state’s land and sold it, he said.

Haidari said, “Those who are involved in land grabbing and areas of usurped land have been identified and we are taking practical measures for their recovery.”

The governor also said 2.5 million residential buildings were to be built in Kabul over the next five years.

Kabul city has the capacity for only 500,000 people but currently seven million people live in the city and around 20,000 people live in a square kilometer, he said.

Haidari said despite high population in Kabul, its budget was the same as of Panjsher and Khost provinces.

Zabihullah Naseri, head of Kabul People’s Council, said native residents of Kabul faced with many problems and they had a limited presence in government, educational and military institutions. He said the council was created for solving these problems of original Kabul residents.

The high population in Kabul tightened living space on the one hand and threatened historical places on the other, he said.

Naseri said native Kabul residents were not more than two million but now around seven million people lived in the sprawling city.

Shalizi Didar, former Kunar governor and a member of the council, said that the council was created to preserve the rights of original residents of Kabul, who he said had given sacrifices in the history but received no attention from the government.

He said the government leaders did not pay attention to Kabul residents and even gave their rights to other provinces.

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