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Reconciliatory jirga in Bajaur resolves 36 disputes in two years

Reconciliatory jirga in Bajaur resolves 36 disputes in two years

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November 13, 2016

By Hanifullah

KHAR, 13 November: A reconciliatory body constituted by a former bureaucrat has succeeded in peacefully resolving as many as 36 tribal disputes during the past two years.

Haji Said Ahmad Jan, who served as assistant political agent and deputy commissioner said he constituted the Khar Reconciliatory Jirga (KRJ) after his retirement from the government service in 2014.

“After my retirement in 2014, I decided to constitute the jirga. I got the inspiration when large number of people pushed me to step forward to resolve people’s internal disputes as there was nobody in the area whom people could have trusted,” Mr. Jan said in an interview with TNN’s correspondent Hanifullah.

“We started resolving disputes among the tribesmen and so far succeeded in deciding 36 such matters of different nature including some blood feuds,” he informed. He said due to the efforts of the jirga, peace has prevailed in the area.

When asked had he extended the jurisdiction of the jirga to other areas of the agency, he replied that he had established sub branches of the KRJ in some of the areas , however, in other places, he added, he deliberately refused to constitute reconciliatory body fearing the inclusion of corrupt elements.

“We have set strict rules for the jirga members to discourage use of money in the system. The jurists have been made bound to afford all the expenses themselves including their travelling and dining to discourage corrupt practices,” he explained.

He also dispelled the impression that the institute of jirga had lost its credibility which it had in past. “Now the institute of jirga has gained more importance as apart from the traditional maliks and tribal elders, educated and politically aware people have joined it, who have been working with dedication and commitment.”

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