Urgent steps needed to resolve Kuchi-Hazara conflict
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The governor on Wednesday urged the central government to take urgent measures for resolving the newly-erupted armed conflict between Kuchi and Hazara tribes in central Maidan Wardak province.
Hayatullah Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News the new conflict between the two rival communities surfaced a week ago in the Behsud-1 district.
Both the sides had so far lost one man each to the clashes that left another two men from both the side wounded, he said, quoting security officials, the district chief and residents.
The governor said 50 sheep belonging to Sultankhel tribe and 75 to Amarkhel tribe had also perished in the clashes.
“According to the police headquarters, seven Kuchi tribesmen who visited the district bazaar on Tuesday at 4pm were abducted by a Hazara tribe armed group known as Faqiri and their fate is still unknown.”
The governor said the Behsud district chief had been tasked with preventing the conflict from spreading and yesterday the two tribes signed a ceasefire agreement with intervention of the district chief.
But the Hazara tribe violated the accord and abducted seven Kuchi men, the governor lamented. He said a 20-member police party had been sent to the area, but the police had failed to defuse the tension.
Hayat said he had informed the Independent Directorate of Local Governance and the authorities in Kabul about the situation. He said the Kabul authorities were yet to take action.
The governor said President Ashraf Ghani had appointed a commission to resolve the Kuchi-Hazara conflict, but the panel was yet to embark on its task.
He urged the authorities in Kabul to send the commission members to the province as soon as possible to work for resolving the conflict.
He also urged the ministries of defence and interior to dispatch additional security forces to the area to prevent further casualties.
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