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PAN, May 15, 2013

Kabul protest turns violent

Local Council head Haji Mir Afzal said that the government had seized 135,000 acres land of residents

By Azizullah Hamdard

More than 2,000 residents of Dehsabz district on Wednesday staged a violent protest against the no-payment of their land seized by the government, officials said.

The two-hour protest erupted at 9am on the Pul-i-Charkhi-Airport road, hurling stones at police and journalists, injuring the deputy police chief, Brig. Gen. Daud Amin, and a photographer of Pajhwok Afghan News.

People in Kabul protest against land-grabbing
Photo: PAN

Chanting slogans against the Ministry of Urban Development and the Kabul governor, the demonstrators pitched a tent in the area to press for their demand.

Local Council head Haji Mir Afzal said that the government had seized 135,000 acres land of residents of Deh Sabz and Qara Bagh districts for the establishment of a new town.

However, he added, they were yet to be paid. “The authorities neither pay our money nor let us cultivate our lands,” the elder complained, seeking a solution to their problem.

The government had been cheating them over the past five years, alleged another protest, Mullah Ahmad Jan, who said they were ready to die for their right.

The Dehsabz–Barikab City Development Authority (DCDA) was established in early 2007 as an executive unit of the Independent Board of Kabul New City Development under a presidential decree.

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