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Plots awarded to retired army personnel grabbed

Plots awarded to retired army personnel grabbed

May 04, 2017 - 12:29

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Some retired personnel of Afghan National Army (ANA) in southeastern Paktika province have claimed plots allotted to them during former President Hamid Karzai’s regime were grabbed by some individuals.

In a gathering the former ANA officers protested the move and demanded authorities concerned to returned their plots and make sure the rights have not violated.

 Col. (R). Mohammad Hanif said in compliance to Karzai’s orders No.38 as many as 2,800 acre land was allotted to retired officers but currently the land was usurped mafia groups with the help of government officials.

“The land belonged to military in the past, there were helipads and latter was allotted plots in the same area to 560 retired and disabled military officers. We give 10,000 in advance but not plots awarded and now the land is grabbed,” he said.

Mohammad Usman, another retired officer, said the land was allotted to them but due to the reckless behavior of former governor Jumma Khan Hamdard and other officials the land was not given to those who deserved and was ultimately grabbed.

Governor spokesman Abdullah Hasrat said the provincial authorities were unaware of the issue and if proper documents were shared with them they would take necessary action in this regard.

“Through media we got aware of the issue. All the plots grabbed by powerful individuals would be returned to the right person and we all would be the witness,” he vowed.


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