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Land-grabbing still in practice in Logar

Land-grabbing still in practice in Logar

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May 15, 2017 - 17:03

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Tens of thousands of acres of land has been usurped by powerful individuals and ordinary people in central Logar province, a practice still ongoing, officials said on Monday.

A member of the provincial council, Mohammad Nasir Ghairat, told a press conference here that thousands acres of land had been grabbed by powerful individuals and ordinary people in the capital, Pul-i-Alam, Mohammad Agha and Khoshi districts.

He said the illegal encroachment was ongoing fast and the government should prevent it.  According to him, 3500 acres of land has been grabbed built houses on by locals.

Another member of the provincial council, Mohammad Qasim Khoshiwal, confirmed Ghairat’s remarks, and said if the government did not stop the culture of land-grabbing, people’s trust in the regime would further erode.

His colleague Muhibullah Saleh said security organs should arrest land grabbers and bring them to justice.

He said most of the state land had been grabbed by people with impunity.

Governor Mohammad Halim Fidai, reacting to claims of the PC members, said there was no doubt that most of the government land had been usurped.

He said addressing the land grabbing issue was his priorty and so far seven thousands of acres of land had been retaken from grabbers in Pul-i-Alam and districts.

He added 100 individuals arrested in connection with land grabbing had been introduced to the attorneys for investigation.

According to him, 1,898 land grabbers have been recognised and would be arrested after completion of investigation against them.

The governor confirmed receiving a presidential decree that called for taking strong action to prevent land grabbing in Mohammad Afgha district.

Meanwhile, the appeal court accused provincial council member Mohammad Qasim Khoshiwal along with his four brothers of grabbing land in Khoshi district.

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