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Zabuli Foudation Weighs In on Ismail Khan Land Grab Accusations

Karim Khoram, a representative of the Zabuli Foundation, told Afghanistan's corruption watchdog on Saturday that the Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan has surely "land-grabbed" the property of now deceased Abdul Majid Zabuli in Herat province.

Karim Khoram, who is also an heir to Zabuli's properties in Herat, Kabul and Nangarhar provinces, said the use of the land by the Minister went against the last wishes of Zabuli himself.

Speaking to the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, Khoram said Zabuli did not give his lands to the government but rather, according to his final will, about 70 percent of his property should be dedicated to education and higher education fields in the country.

He added that nobody has the right to sell Zabuli's lands and the purchasing of one of his home's by the Minister was illegal.

"Mohammad Ismail Khan, Afghanistan's Energy Minister received the house illegally," he said.

According to Khoram, even more lands have been misappropriated, apart from the one claimed by Ismail Khan.

He listed Zabuli's other lands now being used by others, including an acre of land in Kabul's Paghman district, claimed by a man named Bahram, about forty-nine acres in Nangarhar province used by Sayed Karim, 170 acres in Kabul by the Ministry of Defense, over 14,000 acres in Herat by the Ministry of Agriculture, and 214 acres in Herat by lawyer Salim Taraki.

Khoram said the country's security and judicial institutions were unable to return the lands to the Zabuil trust.

"It is all the bureaucracy. We are claiming that these are all [Zabuli's] but they send us to court for this and that," he said.

Abdul Majid Zabuli, the former Economics Minister and Afghan trader, has about $200 million of property inside and outside Afghanistan. According to his last will, 70 percent of the value of the portfolio should be used for education and the remainder to the trustees of the Zabuli

Zabuli Foudation Weighs In on Ismail Khan Land Grab Accusations

Karim Khoram, a representative of the Zabuli Foundation, told Afghanistan's corruption watchdog on

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Karim Khoram, a representative of the Zabuli Foundation, told Afghanistan's corruption watchdog on Saturday that the Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan has surely "land-grabbed" the property of now deceased Abdul Majid Zabuli in Herat province.

Karim Khoram, who is also an heir to Zabuli's properties in Herat, Kabul and Nangarhar provinces, said the use of the land by the Minister went against the last wishes of Zabuli himself.

Speaking to the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, Khoram said Zabuli did not give his lands to the government but rather, according to his final will, about 70 percent of his property should be dedicated to education and higher education fields in the country.

He added that nobody has the right to sell Zabuli's lands and the purchasing of one of his home's by the Minister was illegal.

"Mohammad Ismail Khan, Afghanistan's Energy Minister received the house illegally," he said.

According to Khoram, even more lands have been misappropriated, apart from the one claimed by Ismail Khan.

He listed Zabuli's other lands now being used by others, including an acre of land in Kabul's Paghman district, claimed by a man named Bahram, about forty-nine acres in Nangarhar province used by Sayed Karim, 170 acres in Kabul by the Ministry of Defense, over 14,000 acres in Herat by the Ministry of Agriculture, and 214 acres in Herat by lawyer Salim Taraki.

Khoram said the country's security and judicial institutions were unable to return the lands to the Zabuil trust.

"It is all the bureaucracy. We are claiming that these are all [Zabuli's] but they send us to court for this and that," he said.

Abdul Majid Zabuli, the former Economics Minister and Afghan trader, has about $200 million of property inside and outside Afghanistan. According to his last will, 70 percent of the value of the portfolio should be used for education and the remainder to the trustees of the Zabuli

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