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Special persons protest in Kabul, seek plots

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Special people on Sunday took out to the street to protest against Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLASMD) for being reluctant to distribute land plots which had been allotted to them under a residential scheme in Kabul by ex-President Hamid Karzai.

During demonstration the protestors closed the main gate of the MoLASMD and prevented the officials and public from entering into the ministry’s premises. Two protestors told media that former President Hamid Karzai had ordered the concerned ministry’s officials to distribute plots to them in a newly-constructed township in Qasaba area of the capital city.

They said that at the outset, 1,200 special people registered their names for the plots, but only 160 were shortlisted. However, the shortlisted disabled applicants yet to get plots and build shelter of their own.

Right activist Mohammad Yasin Haqparast told local media that according to the presidential decree, the government has to provide plots to the special persons in the Qasaba Township.

“We have rendered great scarifies to protect our motherland. Despite that our issues remain unresolved. We are homeless though we tried to protect homes of the high-ups. At least they shall give us what the former president promised of,” said Mohammad Hassan Safi, union leader of the disabled people.

Criticizing the government, he said that they had obtained legal documents that prove their claim for the plots, but the joint commission comprised of the Urban Ministry, the Afghanistan Human Rights Commission and the Attorney General Office officials failed to do for what it was assigned.
However, MoLSAMD did not comment over the issue. According to the statistics of the Wolesi Jirga’s commission on disabled, there are around 800,000 special persons including 41 percent women in the country.

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