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Parliament Summons 4 Officials over Gov’t-AGC Land Deal

(Last Updated On: May 25, 2017)

Parliament Members lashed out at the government for allotting 144 acres of land to the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC), saying it is illegal an unacceptable.

The Cabinet chaired by President Ghani, decided in January to sell 144 acres of government land near the Kabul International Airport against $350 million to the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC) for establishing six factories.

In February 2015, the High Commission for Investment (HCI), had confirmed the AGC’s request to purchase the 144 acres of land for $348 million. Now Afghan lawmakers say the land was sold at a low price and without bidding which is illegal.

Chairman of the Lower House, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said, “What is the reason that 144 acres of land was sold to Alokozay group without bidding?”

Kabul Representative Ramazan Bashardost said, “The land was sold based on what law? the law says to sell with bidding, but this is a private dealing.”

Finance Minister Eklil Hakemi called the sale of the land to Alokozay Group useful for Afghanistan’s economic growth. “This deal is useful for the strengthening investment and attracting investment in the country,” Minister Hakemi said.

However, The Ministry of Commerce expressed  ignorance over the sale of government’s land to Alokozay Group. Minister of Commerce, Homayoun Rasa said, “I was not [informed] at the time that the Cabinet took the decision which was in the year 1393.”

The Director of the  Independent Land Authority declared that the land was sold based on the decision of cabinet members.

The responses of governmental officials have not satisfied the lawmakers and the Parliament members once again insisted that the deal is unacceptable and illegal. Finally, the session assigned a delegation to investigate and evaluate the issue.

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