Sheikh Rashid favours jirga system

Published June 5, 2021
Tribal elders of South Waziristan talk to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at a jirga in Wana on Friday. — PID
Tribal elders of South Waziristan talk to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed at a jirga in Wana on Friday. — PID
Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed addresses a jirga of tribal elders in Wana, South Waziristan, on Friday. — APP
Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed addresses a jirga of tribal elders in Wana, South Waziristan, on Friday. — APP

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Interior minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has favoured the jirga system saying it is an excellent alternative justice system.

Addressing tribal elders during a jirga at the South Waziristan Scouts Camp on Friday, the minister said the laws should be enforced in Waziristan region in line with the local traditions.

He said internet facility had been extended to South Waziristan tribal district and funds would be provided for the region’s further development.

“The positive impact of the Fata’s integration with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be felt soon. It will provide more resources to the backward areas,” he said.

The minister said internet facility had been extended to South Waziristan tribal district and funds would be provided for further development of the region.

He said movement across the Pak-Afghan border would be facilitated for the economic stability and development of the region.

Mr Rashid said security forces had saved Pakistan by sacrificing their lives.

He said brave tribal elders were the leaders of the nation as their role in the elimination of the country’s enemies from the region was commendable.

The minister thanked elders for joining hands with the armed forces for and contributing to efforts for the region’s peace and development.

The elders briefed him on the local issues and suggested ways to resolve them.

They paid tribute to the armed forces for ensuring peace and development in tribal districts. IGFC KP (South) Major General Mohammad Omar Bashir was also present on the occasion.

The elders welcomed guests and presented a traditional turban to the interior minister.

Published in Dawn, June 5th, 2021

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