Sherzai warns rival tribes over land dispute
JALALABAD (PAN): The governor of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday warned two sub-tribes of Shinwari tribe --- Seepaiy and Ali Sherkhel --- of action if they failed to resolve their dispute over a piece of land.
Both the groups had suffered causalities in arm conflicts over the government land in Achin district since past few months, while educational institutions have been closed as a result of the dispute.
Gul Agha Sherzai told a group of tribal elders discussing peace and government's efforts at countering narcotics that the government would take stern action against the trribes if they failed to reach a settlement.
Replying to a question, the governor said President Karzai was working for solution to the problem. Representatives of one of the groups had also met Karzai a week before, Sherzai informed, blaming militants for fueling the dispute.
Karzai and the international community are fed up with bad law and order situation and other national issues, the governor said.
On countering narcotics, he said individuals cultivating poppies would be imprisoned for long periods.
Leader of Seepaiy tribe, Malak Usman, blamed the rival group for not accepting decisions of any delegation.
The rivals had been called twice by the President but they refused to join them to visit the President, he said.
Head of Ali Sherkhel, Malak Syed Hakim Haqyar said they would not talk to their rivals until they pulled out their armed men from the disputed land.
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