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Senators divided over land sold to AGC

Senators divided over land sold to AGC

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May 28, 2017 - 15:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon members on Monday divided over the selling of 72 acres of land to the Alokozy Group of Companies (AGC) by the government in Kabul.

The government last year signed a deal with AGC for making investment and doing business in the country.

Under the contract, the AGC was sold 72 acres of land near the Kabul Airport to establish six factories.

One acre of land was sold to AGC against $5,000 and the company was expected to invest $350 million by construction of six factories.

Some lawmakers had earlier demanded the contract with AGC to be revoked because the land was sold at a low price without bidding process.

But Farhad Sakhi, a lawmaker from Kabul, said: “In foreign countries, land is provided to investors free of cost. I have two factories in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for which the land was provided free of cost.”

Mohammad Hanif Hanafi, another lawmaker, said “The agents of Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon don’t want to see Afghanistaninfo-icon become economically self-reliant.”

He said those opposing the deal had connections with land mafia and their attempt was to take money from the AGC in form of commission.

Mohammad Alem Ezidyar, first deputy chairman, supported AGC investment and said: “We should support investment coming to the country.”

He said if there was any problem, it should be resolved legally and no one should stop investment flow to the country.

Some lawmakers demanded investigation to individuals who tried to prevent the AGC from investment in Afghanistan.

Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said a handful of servants of Iran and Pakistan were against Afghanistan’s economic progress.

He said the upper house would investigate the contract signed between the AGC and the government. “If there is any issue, it would be resolved through legal ways.”

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