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Nangarhar martyred soldiers’ families finally get land plots

Nangarhar martyred soldiers’ families finally get land plots

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May 29, 2019 - 17:58

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials say they have started distribution of land plots to the families of martyred soldiers under a residential scheme in eastern Nangarhar province after 12 years of wait.

Officials say around 4,000 families who lost their beloved ones in defense of the country would receive land plots in the township. They say half of the township was grabbed by strongmen during the last few years.

The land plots distribution process was launched in a special ceremony attended by Nangarhar governor, police chief, Jalalabad mayor and some other local officials in Surkh Diwal area in the limits of the 9th police district of Jalalabad, the provincial capital.

Nangarhar governor Shah Mahmod Miakhel said that the township in Surkh Diwal area was approved by former president Hamid Karzai in 2007 but its land plots could not be distributed to entitled families during the past 12 years due to negligence of officials and involvement of land mafia.

“This township contains 8,354 plots of which 4,000 plots would be distributed to the families of martyred Afghan National Army and police forces, 2,309 plots of the township which also belong to the heirs of martyrs had been usurped but all of them are taken back,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jalalabad mayor  Reyazullah Darmal expressed concern that some land plots of the township were still under threat of being grabbed by some figures, an issue he said needed attention of security organs.

He said the municipality would soon start construction of roads and provision of other public services in the township in near future.

On the other hand, Nangarhar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Raqib Mubariz assured they would not let anyone try again grabbing land plots of the township.

“We do not fear any grabber or strongman, the police chief of the ninth police district and other security officials in the area would be watching over this township and they would deal with any problems if raised during its construction,” he said.

Families of the martyred soldiers entitled for land plots in the township were unpleased with the delay in land distribution, but today they seemed happy over receiving their right after a long wait.

Haji  Yaqoth, a resident of Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar, whose son was killed while serving in police, said he had received the documents of the land plot 10 years ago but he got the land today.

He said all essential services in the township should be provided to its residents.

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