Govt urged to resolve Kuchi-Hazara dispute
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): A provincial council member on Sunday urged the government to take immediate action for resolving a long-running dispute between the Hazara and Kuchi (nomads) tribes over grazing lands in central Maidan Wardak province.
Ahmad Jafari told a meeting with the provincial acting governor that the dispute, now 12 years old, had claimed severan lives so far, according to Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the issue was thoroughly discussed the joint meeting. He qouted Jafari as saying that the source of contention between the two tribes a grazing land in Behsud district as both the parties claimed its ownership.
Armed clashes that had erupted time and again between the two sides had left many dead and wounded .
In addition, the conflict caused financial losses to both the sides. The government should interfere and find a durable solution to the lingering problem, the public representative added.
Merwais Ameri, another provincial council member, said some elements were out to keep the dispute alive for their own interests.
Humayun Aziz, an elder from Kuchi tribe, said a large number of nomads had arrived in the province, raising concerns of afresh violencebetween the tribes.
Aziz demanded the government find a lasting solution to the problem to avoid further losses.
Acting Governor Abdul Majeed Khogyani assured the provincial council members that he had urged the central government to help resolve the problem.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, he said, had the plan to task a grand Jirga to mediate between the two tribes soon.
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