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Graveyard’s land being usurped in Jalalabad city

Graveyard’s land being usurped in Jalalabad city

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Feb 18, 2020 - 18:30

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, say some people have started grabbing land of the city’s graveyards.

A graveyard west of Jalalabad city is one such areas where some people have starting encroaching the land under the excuse of separating their own portions for graves.

As part of the trick, a big fence is first installed around a grave and then fake graves are made around for future use.

Local people are complaining about the situation and ask local officials to stop such activities.

Jawad Khan, a resident, said, “There are some people who have dug empty graves to sell them on other people, some people cover a large area of land by fencing.”

Awal Gul, another local resident, said sometimes space for a grave was hardly found and people had to buy one for burying their dead ones.

Islamic scholars also call the practice against Islam and say the government and people should stop such activities.

Mualvi Habibullah, an Islamic scholar from Jalalabad, said that it was against Islamic values to grab land of a graveyard or any other places.

On the other hand, Massoud Rahimi, in charge of construction affairs of Jalalabad municipality, said they had not received any complaints about land grabbing at graveyards.

He said a large area of a land would be allocated for graveyard in Jalalabad city in near future.

“We and the Land Authority have agreed to allocate 125 acres of land in Behsod district and 90 acres of land in the ninth police district of Jalalabad city for graveyards,” he said.

Mohammad Daud Mujahid, director of Hajjinfo-icon and Islamic Affairs Department of Jalalabad, said that organs concerned were working on allocating land for graveyards in four sides of the city. He confirmed the land grabbing problem at graveyards in the city.

According to reports, thousands of acres of land has been usurped in Nangarhar province by building illegal townships and other business places.

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