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Info Dept retakes house after 20 years

Info Dept retakes house after 20 years

Feb 19, 2014 - 15:39

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Information and Culture Department on Wednesday announced retaking a house from its illegal occupants after two decades in the capital of northern Balkh province.

Director Saleh Mohammad Khaleeq told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif that some individuals had occupied government properties in the 1990s and the land included Information and Culture Department’s property.

He said his department officially wrested back control of a house from its illegal occupants after 20 years on Tuesday. Khaleeq alleged the occupants possessed forged documents, showing the 1,455 square metres house had been sold to them.

He thanked the governor’s house and the judiciary for cooperation in retaking the house, saying still some land belonging to the department remained in illegal custody of grabbers.

According to Khaleeq, the Ariana Market in Mazar-i-Sharif’s Behqa Street contained 1,300 square metres of land, which belonged to the Information and Culture Department.

In front of that street, he added, another four shops had been built on a piece of land that was the department’s property. He said efforts were ongoing to retake all encroached land.

The land-grab culture has lately intensified in Afghanistan, where data shows tens of thousands of acres of government and private land has been grabbed in the past decade.