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Jirga helps end 4-year old tribal feud

August 06, 2002

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QUETTA, Aug 5: The Grand Tribal Jirga of eminent people succeeded in settling the blood feud of Lango tribes amicably imposing a total fine or compensation of Rs15 million. Bloody clashes between the two clans of Lango tribe of Central Balochistan started some four years ago leaving their chief and a top politician dead in the shootouts and ambushes.

In all 39 people lost their lives in the bloody clashes during the past four years. The Lango tribe clans involved in the blood feud were led by Sardar Khel and Shah Alizai. The amicable settlement of the bloody feud was announced at a news conference by Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Secretary-General of JUI(F), and Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi, a former Chief Minister of Balochistan, besides others at a news conference at the Magsi House.

The Sardar Khel clan of Lango nominated Sardar Bahadur Khan Bangulzai, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Sardar Ismail Khan Mengal, Sardar Nauroz Khan Satakzai and Mufti Abdul Sattar while the Shah Alizai faction nominated Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani and Maulana Noorul Haq.

Both the clans had authorized in writing the power to give any verdict, which would not be challenged in any forum or court of law in future. After getting these assurances in writing, the Jirga members started thorough investigations and heard both the parties and made assessment of the losses suffered by both the parties in the feud.

The final rounds of talks, discussion and consultations were held in Kalat and a verdict was announced at a news conference in Quetta on Sunday.

The affected families would be receiving compensation amounting to Rs15 million. Both the parties, escorted and led by members of the grand tribal jirga, would be visiting the residences of each other for making peace for future. Responding to a question, Maulana Haidri declared that the peace jirga had no political designs whatsoever. He said the Jirga would continue its sincere efforts in resolving other tribal conflicts in an amicable way. He appealed to all the tribes to end their feuds and live in peace and participate in the development of the province.

Nawab Zulfikar Ali Magsi, who is chief of the Magsi tribes, said that the conflict was resolved strictly in accordance with the Baloch traditions with no political designs.

He said all the Jirga members sincerely made efforts to find an amicable solution and they got it. In reply to a question, he said there was no proposal to hand over girls for wedding from either party. Nawab Magsi said that there were no such traditions in the Baloch society and Islam is also against such customs and practices.