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Helmand residents approach Jirgas for dispute solution

Helmand residents approach Jirgas for dispute solution

Jun 27, 2015 - 14:57

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of residents of southern Helmand province say they prefer local councils to resolve their problems because it takes long time to get them settled through government organs.

Afghans use local Jirgas or councils for years and sometimes Afghan government itself prefer to settle small and big issues through Jirgas, Loya Jirgainfo-icon (Grant Council) is an example the government uses it for discussing big issues.

Corruption in the capital Kabulinfo-icon and other provinces of the country forced people not to approach government departments to resolve their judicial issues that are why they prefer local councils instead.

Shah Wali Khan, a tribal elder from Garmsir district, told Pajhwok Afghan News people most of the time in his area refers their disputes to local Jirgas for addressing their cases.

“Judicial organs do not resolve people’s cases and even they create more problems for people. The government organs also take bribe from both sides of a case that is why people prefer local Jirgas,” he said.

He said judicial organs repeatedly complained why people use local Jirgas instead of government organs.

Wazir Gul a resident of Lashkargah city, the capital of Helmand, also said that people take their problems to local councils. “Local people know how to solve their problems because they also have background information about local issues, norms and tradition. The, government, he said do not solve people’s problems but it creates more problems.

Gul said even one percent people do not refer their cases to government organs because they do not trust judges would demonstrate impartiality.

Most of the people in other areas use local councils for resolving their cases.

Mohammad Qasim Noorzai, provincial borders and tribal affairs director, said that local Jirgainfo-icon was an old custom in parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon.

“Few days ago, we have resolved our 33-year old land dispute through a local Jirga. I believe if the case was taken to government organs it would take more than five years to be settled,” he said.

He added if tribal elders and influential took authority of some government seats they would also be able to bring peace to Afghanistan.

However, Helmand appeal court head Dil Agha Himat said people only in unstable areas used local Jirgas for settlement of their problems.

“Hundreds of people refer their cases to us every day but people in remote areas use local councils to resolve their cases,” he said.

Helmand is one of the unstable provinces of Afghanistan where several districts are under high militants’ threat.


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