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Helmand Elders Call for Recovery of Grabbed Lands

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lashkargah (BNA) Some powerful individuals and government officials have grabbed tens of acres of land in the Gereshk district of southern Helmand province which halt development work, official said on Friday.
Governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said plan for the recovery of grabbed land would be chalked out soon.
He accused the local officials for their failure to prevent the land grabbing.
Besides Helmand, powerful individuals in Kabul, Nangarhar and some other provinces have grabbed state lands but necessary efforts for stop the practice had been taken.
Tribal Elder Ali Shah Khan told the gathering that tens of acres of land had been grabbed in Helmand but no effort had been taken to stop the practice.
Another tribal elder Abdul Shakour said public trust on the government would be lost if efforts against the land grabbing practice had not been taken.
“The government cannot protect its property so how will it protect the public property,” he questioned.  District Chief Mula Dad Tobagar acknowledged tens of acres of land had been grabbed.  “Effort to retrieve the grabbed land and to chalk out a plan in this regarding was underway,” he said.
Gereshk Mayor Sardar Wali Barakzai said up to 3,000 acres of land had been recovered so far.

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