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Homayoon forcibly usurped our plaza: Protesters

Homayoon forcibly usurped our plaza: Protesters

Oct 09, 2017 - 19:07

KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of people on Monday protested in front of the National Assembly building in Kabul, accusing the 1st deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga of usurping their market, however, the deputy speaker rejected the allegation.

The demonstrators numbering around 150 individuals accused Homayoon Homayoon of grabbing a business plaza belonging to them in Qowai Markaz neighborhood.

Naqibullah Kakar, representing the protesters, said Homayoon along with his armed men invaded ‘the agricultural and industrial market’ and took control of it on January 12 this year. He said the five-storey market had been built on 2,000 square meters of land about 12 years back and contained 250 shops.

“We (shareholders) bought the land and constructed the market and now after years, Homayoon without having any document forcibly took control of our market and even engraved his name on it.”

Maula Mohammad Payman, another protestor, said: “We have documents and for the last 12 years we have been collecting rents from shops, but suddenly Homayoon appeared and took control of our market.”

He said they had been complaining to government organizations over the past seven months but due to the ‘influence’ of the Wolesi Jirga top official, their complaints were not addressed.

Other protestors warned of withdrawing their capital from Afghanistan if their legal right was denied. They also warned of continuing their protest until their issue was resolved.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi tasked a three-member team of the house with listening and assessing the protestors’ complaints and reporting back to the house.

Lawmakers Zakria Zakria, Zamarok Padkhwabi, and Abdullah Mohammadi, who were assigned the task, said they would share complaints of the protestors with colleagues on Wednesday.

However, Homayoon Homyaoon, talking to reporters, rejected the allegations of demonstrators as baseless, saying: “whenever I try to fight corruption, such allegations are raised against me.”

He said he was ready to stand trial and the judicial organs could assess documents of both the parties. Homayoon said no governmental or political pressure could weaken his resolve to combat corruption.