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11 imaginary imams paid for years in Samangan

11 imaginary imams paid for years in Samangan

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Jan 05, 2020 - 18:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A former Hajjinfo-icon and Religious Department head on Sunday claimed nearly a dozen individuals pocketed government salaries for years as prayer leaders in different parts of northern Samangan province.

Sayed Mohammad Arif Wazeen, ex-hajj and religious department director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that after his complaints about the imaginary Islamic scholars, he was transferred to central Uruzgan province and was demoted.

He said the 11 imaginary scholars included Abdul Raqib, a resident of Aqtmashq Larghan area of Aibak City, the provincial capital, and Baz Mohammad hailing of Maqsod area of Dara-i-Suaf Paeen district.

He said the two men had been receiving salaries from for leading prayers at mosques in the mentioned areas, but indeed they did not do so and were not responsible for these mosques.

He said Mohammad Asif, Samiullah, Saifurahman, Bashirulaq, Khairullah, Abdul Wakil, Noor Mohammad and Baz Mohammad were other ghost government paid Islamic scholars in the province. They were paid by the hajj and religious department.

He added each of them was paid 9,500 afghanis four per month. He said after he shared the issue with authorities concerned, he was sent to Uurzgan province with a lower position, compared to his previous one.

He said he was yet to attend his job in Uruzgan as cases of the two imaginary scholars (Baz Mohammad and Abdul Raqib) were with the Attorney Office. He said the remaining eight persons were yet to be introduced to the attorneys.

He also shared a video clip with Pajhwok. In the video a man namely Abdul Raqib claims he has been receiving 8500 afghanis per month from the Hajj and Religious Department for the past 18 months

Hikmatullah Rasouli, Investigation Prosecutor at the Samangan appellant court, also confirmed the issue and said police had introduced two imaginary religious scholars, Baz Mohammad and Abdul Raqib, and currently they were under investigation with them.

Mohammad Hasham Sarwari, the provincial council deputy head, told Pajhwok that the number of imaginary employees of a number of government departments, including the hajj and religious department, decreased after their biometric verification.

Fazal Mohammad Hussaini, spokesman for the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs, rejected Mohammad Arif Wazeen’s allegations, saying a delegation travelled to Samangan and Wazeen was transferred to Uruzgan after the delegation consulted a number of residents and ulemainfo-icon council members in the province.

He said Wazeen was changed from Balkh to Samangan for his intervention in the ministry’s procedure.

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