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Nangarhar families agree to end 30-year-old enmity

Nangarhar families agree to end 30-year-old enmity

Oct 10, 2017 - 14:35

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Two families from eastern Nangarhar province have agreed to end their long-running enmity as a result of mediation from tribal elders.

About 30 years ago, Mangal and Allah Baz, members of a family, were killed in a clash in the Marakikhel area of Sherzad district. The incident triggered a feud between the rival households.

However, mediation by tribal leaders led to a resolution of the feud that had resulted from the dispute over water. When Hashim and Nader killed their cousins, the relationship changed into enmity.

But tribal elders from Khogyani and Sherzad districts had long been trying to reconcile the families over the past few months and their efforts finally came to fruition.

Haji Wali Khogyani, a tribal elder from Sherzad and member of the jirga, told Pajhwok Afghan News the reconciliation was based on pure human, Islamic and Afghani values.

A member of the Nangarhar provincial council, Ajmal Omar, acknowledged tribal feuds were rampant in Khogyani and Sherzad districts due to widespread illiteracy.

“Basically, it wasn't an issue between the two families; it was instead related to two villages and the long-awaited reconciliation would be useful for both villages,” he hoped.

Members of both families, meanwhile, expressed pleasure over their enmity changing into friendship.

Subahanullah, a member of the killers’ family, admitted to the crime of their elders. He said they had suffered a lot living with their relatives during the period.

Sherzad district chief Mohammad Hussan Kamalzai commended the tribal elders for their mediation efforts. He believed litigation alone could not resolve people’s problems.

However, he said, selfless tribal leaders -- wishing the rival families well -- could resolve conflicts and problems.

The jirga asked the killers' family to give 3 million afghanis in compensation to the victims’ relatives. A violation of the decision would mean a fine of six million afghanis, two oxen and 280 kilograms of rice.