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Govt land grabbed in Uruzgan’s Deh Rawood district

Govt land grabbed in Uruzgan’s Deh Rawood district

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Nov 18, 2019 - 14:10

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of acres of land in the Deh Rawood district of central Uruzgan province has been retaken from illegal occupants, an official claimed on Monday.

Abdul Manan Alizai, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that warlords and powerful gunmen had been evicted from 748 acres of land in the last three months.

Over the past few years, he claimed, thousands of acres of government land had been wrested back. Many houses had been built on the land grabbed in the district.

Alizai said a commission had been appointed to prevent the seizure of government-owned properties and to retake the land seized over the past few years.

He explained the illegal occupants had sold out the land the common people, who had built residential houses on it.

The district chief promised the commission would retake government land and bring to justice the individuals who had seized and sold it unlawfully.

Alizai also hit out at the officials whose negligence had resulted in thousands of jeribs of government land being transferred in names of civilians.

At the time of his takeover, the district chief recalled, he had assured residents of reining in local strongmen and violators of the law. He claimed sticking to his pledge to prevent illegal activities.

He claimed ending last week a 12-year-old water dispute between Popalzai and Noorzai tribes, which had suffered heavy losses.

The official said he had achieved reconciliation between the two tribes with the help of powerful elders. None of the tribes allowed rivals to enter the areas under their control.

Militant attacks on different targets across the district had been thwarted as a result of improved among security organs, he added.

He acknowledged the road linking the district with the provincial capital was still closed. Telecommunication networks remain dormant in Deh Rawood, which also lacks medical facilities.

He has spoken to provincial officials to start construction of the eight-kilometre road between the district and Tirinkot.

Deh Rawood, which is located southwest of Tirinkot, is more secure than other districts of the province.

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