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Nangarhar families end 20-years-old enmity

Nangarhar families end 20-years-old enmity

Oct 19, 2017 - 18:14

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Two families agreed to end their two-decades-old enmity, thanks to tribal elders’ mediation in the Sherzad district of eastern Nangarhar province.

Around 20 years ago, the families of Adam Khan and Sana Gul engaged in a dispute over irrigation water in Markikhel village. As a result, Sana Gul was killed and the two families entered enmity.

However, tribal elders from Sherzad and Khogyani districts arranged a jirga (council) and invited the disputing families to end their enmity.

Haji Wali Khogyani, head of the council, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they began their efforts for ending the enmity between the two families about a year back, but finally succeeded on Wednesday.

Dr. Fazal Karim, another member of the council, said the killed and the killer were cousins. He said the slain man was first injured during a physical fight but later died due to his old age.

Gul Mohammad Luqmani, another member of the jirga, announced the jirga’s decision ending the enmity and asked the killer’s family to pay 1,600,000 Pakistani rupees in blood money to the slain person’s family. “If any side breaks the agreement, it should pay three times higher of the amount mentioned above in fine to the tribe,” he said.

A member of the killer’s family, Basharmal said the man from the other family had been mistakenly killed and they had always regretted it.

He thanked the Jirga for ending their enmity and making them friends and brothers again.

Mir Agha, eldest son of Sana Gul, said blood could not be washed by blood that was the reason they accepted the jirga decision to end their enmity.

It was the third Jirga in two weeks in Nangarhar that resolved years-long enmities between families.

Most of such enmities develop due to disputes over land and irrigation water.