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More than 1,200,000 acres of land grabbed in Afghanistan

(Last Updated On: February 21, 2016)

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Afghanistan Freedom House Research Institute reveals a shocking statistic of land grabbing by powerful and a number of institutions in several provinces of Afghanistan.

The recent report indicates that around 1,297,000 acres of land have been grabbed so far from all across the country.

The institute says that there is no secure place in Afghanistan and most of the lands have been grabbed during Hamid Karzai’s governance.

The statistic of 1,297,000 grabbed lands in 34 provinces of Afghanistan is as follow:

986334 Acres of land grabbed by various individuals

262537 Acres of land grabbed by owners of 355 residential towns

30829 Acres of land grabbed by 139 governmental institutions

“More than 1, 207,000 acres of land have been grabbed in Afghanistan so far,” said Shah Hussain Murtazawi, member of Freedom House Research Institute.

The report shows that the most of grabbed lands are in Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kapisa, Baghlan, Takhar, Nemroz, Khost, Logar and Ghazni.

194756 acres of land in Balkh

70698 acres of land in Heart

30584 acres of land in Nangarhar

25990 acres of land in Kabul

Findings of the report shows that around 10,000 cases over land grabbing are under claims and were submitted to the government’s general cases administration.

Meanwhile, in a country where 80 percent of the population relies on agriculture, the Afghanistan Land Authority has recorded complaints of 240,000 hectares of land usurped in the last decade.

Land grabbing has emerged as the most ominous phenomenon in Afghanistan in recent years. “Weak and inconsistent land management, endemic corruption and insecurity have permitted opportunistic land grabs by powerful elites, which local populations refer to as the ‘land mafia,’” says a report by UN Environment Programme (UNEP). “Thus far, the government has demonstrated little capacity or willingness to address land grabbing in a systematic way,” adds the report.

The practice of land grabbing has become worryingly rampant especially in rural areas where warlords continue to yield considerable clout.

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