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Call to legalise local jirgas' decisions

Call to legalise local jirgas' decisions

Mar 16, 2011 - 20:42

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Participants of a seminar held in Kabul on Wednesday asked the government to endorse decisions of local councils as legal.

A number of people hailing from 14 provinces of the country attended the two-day seminar that concluded on Wednesday.

Participants shared ideas on legitimisation of decisions by the jirgas. They asked the Ministry of Justice to set up regulations in this regard

Sharif Zai Muslih, a participant from eastern Nangarhar province, told Pajhwok Afghan News, the government should also pay monthly salaries to jirgainfo-icon members and provide them transportation and other facilities. "These jirgas can solve various social issues," he said, adding in many cases, courts had resolved problems with the help of jirgas.

Participants also asked foreign soldiers to cooperate with them in resolving people's problems resulting from their operations against militants.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs, Suleman Kamjo, said decisions by jirgas were helpful in maintaining social order.

Officials at the Ministry of Justice say a draft law was being formulated to give jirga's decisions a legal status. The draft titled as 'informal justice' would be sent to the Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon, or lower house of the Parliament, for approval.

The ministry spokesman, Ahmad Farid Najibi, said the councils sometimes took wrong decisions and there was a need for professionals as members of jirgas.


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