2 dead as Hazara-Kuchi feud resurfaces in Wardak
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The death toll from the newly-erupted conflict between Kuchi and Hazara communities in central Maidan Wardak province has reached two, with as many sustaining injuries.
The clash between the two tribes over ownership of lands erupted in Seyah Sang area of the Behsud-1 district two days ago.
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News one Hazara man and one Kuchi tribesman had been killed so far during the clash that left one each from the sides wounded.
Dozens of Hazara elders met the governor on Monday and called for the president-nominated commission to initiate its investigations into the conflict as soon as possible.
Murad Ali, a Hazara community leader, told Pajhwok Afghan News the conflict between the two tribes in Behsud-1 district could escalate and lead to huge casualties any time.
The president has nominated a 75-member commission to resolve the dispute dating back to the 18th century over Afghanistan central lands between the two communities.
Murad Ali said the commission was yet to start its activities which needed to be initiated without further delay. A further delay in resolving the conflict could prove catastrophic and the government would be responsible for that, he warned.
Governor Hayatullah Khan Hayat said he had several separate meetings with hundred of Hazara and Kuchi leaders and that he had directed security organs to stop the fight until a solution was found.
He said some elements in both the tribes wanted the dispute to linger on because they gained financial benefits out of it.
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