Warring Ghor tribes end feud that has killed 300 people
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Two warring tribes on Tuesday reconciled in western Ghor province, ending a 40-year-old feud that has killed 300 people on both sides.
Living south of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, the two tribes -- Raza and Meri – vowed to live in peace and brotherhood after their reconciliation.
The tribes reconciled as a result of efforts spanning three weeks by a 24-member jirga drawn from the two tribes and members of the Ghor Ulema Council, the provincial council, the provincial government and the police headquarters.
The two tribes had lost hundreds of men to the feud that had inflicted heavy financial losses on the two sides.
Ghor Ulema Council chief Asmatullah Nadim said the two tribes reconciled and hugged each other at the main mosque in Ferozkoh.
“Islam is a religion of peace and brotherhood, all Muslims are brothers and conflict between them is not legitimate. The two tribes today realized this today and reconciled,” Nadim said.
Chief of the Meri tribe, Amanullah Baig, said: “Our enmity began 38 years ago. During this period, Raza tribe leader and former jihadi commander Haji Abdul Salam and my elder brother Senator Hayatullah and the elder of Meri tribe were among 300 people killed as a result.”
He said the slain people included women and children, adding the feud had resulted in injuries to hundreds of people, plundering and torching of dozens of homes and migration of hundreds of families.
“The conflict only offered killings, violence and destruction. We were tired and today we agreed to reconcile and live in peace with each other,” he said.
Raza tribe representative Maulvi Ibrahim Khalil said people and the youth spent their entire life fighting. He said both the tribes were fed up with the conflict that deprived them of wealth and sons.
He said both the sides had realized that the feud had no benefit except bloodshed.
“We were neighbors but we had established bunkers against each other. Now we pledge we will never fight and will not allow anyone to cause bloodshed.”
In their agreement, the two tribes promised they would never indulge in fighting in future and would live in peace and would cooperate with the government in launching development projects in their area.
The new governor of Ghor, Abdul Nasir Khazi, expressed his pleasure over the reconciliation and said tribal feuds were a major problem in the country particularly in Ghor and the insurgents were taking advantage of these differences.
“We are trying to reconcile all warring tribes in Ghor in order they remain cooperative with the government. Resolution to tribal conflicts result in reduced crimes and pave the way for the government to launch development activities,” the governor said.
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