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1750 acres of land wrested back from usurpers in Zabul

1750 acres of land wrested back from usurpers in Zabul

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3 May 2022 - 16:15
1750 acres of land wrested back from usurpers in Zabul
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3 May 2022 - 16:15

QALAT (Pajhwok): The Justice Department of southern Zabul province has started a campaign to wrest back usurped government land and has so far reclaimed thousands of acres of land from its encroachers.

Maulvi Abdul Waris, director of the judiciary, told Pajhwok Afghan News the process of reclaiming usurped government land has been started in all districts including the capital Qalat and with the help of municipalities, agriculture and land departments, thousands of acres of land have been released so far and handed over to the relevant government agencies.

He added that in a recent move, they reclaimed 1,000 acres of land belonging to a refugee town south of the capital, Qalat.

He said he had also visited all the districts and met with local officials and people to prevent encroachment on government lands.

According to him, thousands of acres of land are still in the hands of usurpers and efforts are underway to liberate them.

He said that in urban areas, the former government officials s and in remote areas, the common people have usurped state lands.

So far, he says, a total of 1750 acres of government land has been cleared of encroachment and 15 people have been arrested in connection with it.

He said the cases of those arrested had been handed over to the court and the law would be enforced on them.

Meanwhile, Zabul Deputy Governor Suleiman Agha Baheer said the provincial government was committed to freeing all government lands from usurpers and returning them to government agencies.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been instructed by the central government to protect public property and take legal action against usurpers.

Residents of Zabul welcomed the government’s move, saying it would pave the way for a legal distribution of land.

Nematullah, a resident of Qalat, told Pajhwok Afghan News that in the last 20 years, thousands of acres of residential and agricultural lands have been usurped by powerful individuals.

“Every powerful individual has usurped tens of acres of land in residential towns and built tall buildings on it, while deserving people live in rented houses”.

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