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HIA commander accused of grabbing, selling state land in Baghlan

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HIA commander accused of grabbing, selling state land in Baghlan

Jan 01, 2017 - 14:24

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Security officials and several tribal elders on Sunday accused a Hezb-i-Islamiinfo-icon Afghanistaninfo-icon (HIA) commander of grabbing dozens acres of government-owned land in northern Baghlan province over the past one month and sold it to people.

They expressed concern over the illegal usurpation of land by HIA affiliates in the province, stressing the government should prevent such arbitrary and bullying usurpers at the earliest possible.

Khair Mohammad, a tribal elder in Baghlan-i-Markazi district said, Mirwais, a HIA commander, had been selling state lands to people in Cham Qala locality of the district over the past one month. No one prevented him from doing so.

“The commander has grabbed more than 50 acres of land forcefully in the area. Mirwais pocketed millions of Afghanis while selling every 600m2 land for 120,000 Afghanis to people.”

Haji Mohammad Nabi, another tribal elder from Baghlan-i-Markazi, claimed following the peace agreement between the government and HIA, the group’s members were independently commuting government areas, whereas government officials were not permitted to go to thier areas.

He said HIA members sold pieces of the grabbed land and distributed to people in Salamkhel and Walikhel areas, an act which brought law enforcement and governance into question and also paved the way for land grabbers to occupy more lands.

He blasted the government’s silence in this regard, saying attitude state machinery encouraged usurpers to grab lands freely and without fear.

However, District Chief Gawhar Khan Babari, told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 1,000 Afghan migrants repatriated from Pakistaninfo-icon this solar yearinfo-icon who had been settled in Salamkhel, Walikhel and other parts of the province.

He said the repatriated families had recently started building shelters for themselves in the areas. “A number of people have informed the district centre that the returnees purchase the land from HIA.”

However, he added, the security wasn’t ensured properly in Salamkhel and other areas and government officials couldn’t visit the areas to look into the issue from close. “It is the reason we can say nothing specific about the matter.”

However, Col. Mohibullah, the provincial police chief, confirmed the HIA Commander Mirwais had sold state-owned land including the area allocated for a prison.

Meanwhile, Baghlan-i-Markazi police chief, while admitting that police couldn’t solely prevent the practice said they had kept the governor house and provincial police headquarters in the loop but no step had been taken in this regard as yet.

On the other hand, Abdul Qayoom Niazai, deputy governor of Baghlan, said they received the information about the HIA commander distributing government lands. There were discussions over the issue, which would soon be resolved.

“Land sold by the HIA commander situated in insecure area. We are trying to prevent the land distribution without being engaged in fighting. More troops will be dispatched to the area in case of need,” he said.

Pajhwok tried to seek comments from the HIA commander in this regard, but repeated calls to him went unanswered.


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