Taliban in Sar-E-Pul Forcefully Displace Indigenous Population to Grab Their Lands

Residents of Sar-e-Pul province rallied to protest against what they call land grabbing and forced displacement by the Taliban.

Dozens of residents protested in the capital city of Sar-e-Pul province on Monday.

A protester told Hasht-e Subh that the Taliban, in an official statement, set a deadline for the people of 8 villages in the center of Sar-e-Pul Province to leave their lands and properties, otherwise, a coercive force will be used against them.

Protesters accuse the Taliban of usurping land and forced displacement and demand the cessation of this program.

“The Taliban are planning to usurp 6 thousand acres of land belonging to the sedentary population of these nieghborhoods,” according to sources. These lands mainly belong to the people of Uzbek and Tajik ethnicities in Sar-e-Pul province.

Photos that had been obtained by Hasht-e Subh show that people, carrying shovels on their shoulders, are marching and chanting slogans the read “Stop Ethnic Oppression”.

The Taliban have not yet reacted to these protests. But before this, the Taliban’s Justice Ministry had announced that 4,872 acres of Taliban land in Sarpul province had been determined.

After the Taliban takeover on August 15, 2021, people in different provinces, especially Jawzjan, Balkh, Daikundi and Sar-e-Pul, were forced to leave their homes. In addition, it has been reported in Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces that the Taliban provide logistical, military and political support to Kuchis, also known as Pashtun nomads, to destroy and usurp the property of the Hazara people and start construction works on their lands.