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14 injured as residents, returnees clash in Takhar

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14 injured as residents, returnees clash in Takhar

Oct 29, 2016 - 15:54

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): More than a dozen people were injured after local residents and returning refugees clashed in Dasht Kala district of northeastern Takhar province on Saturday.

Abdullah, 60, one of the returnees in the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he spent 28 years in Pakistaninfo-icon and recently repatriated to his own area.

He said a number of local residents attacked them and injured a number of his family members.

“Hundreds of local residents late on Friday evening attacked our tents, we defended our families, but five members of my family including a woman were injured in the scuffle,” he said.

Abdullah said he once came to his area in 2003 to give his land on rent. “I have legal ownership documents of my land,” he said.

Bibi Halima, the woman who was injured and now in Takhar Civil Hospital, said local residents had previously warned them to leave the area.

“The holy Quraninfo-icon was in my hand when they beat me and broke my hand, they destroyed our tents, Pakistan deported us and now our own people do not allow us to live here,” she said.

Sharafatullah, a resident of Saksa area of Dasht Kala district, said that the returnees had no legal documents of the land they currently resided on and they wanted to occupy it.

He said local residents tried to expel the returnees who reacted and entered a physical clash with them. He said nine local people were injured.

Takhar governor’s spokesman, Sunatullah Timori, said a delegation had been sent to the area for investigating the incident.

“We are trying to investigate documents of both sides and find a solution to the problem. No one’s rights will be violated,” he assured.

The returnees once faced with similar incidents in Takhar about eight years ago.

Despite having legal documents, a number of returnees were jailed and their land properties grabbed by powerful individuals.


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