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Firing During Jirga Kills Three Men In Peshawar

At least three people were killed during an incident of firing during a jirga (village council) in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations, the incident of firing occurred when the jirga was being held within the remits of Agha Mir Jani Shah police station in the city.

“We have apprehended four people for their involvement in the incident and shifted them to another location for further interrogation,” he said. The bodies were also shifted to the hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Holding a jirga or any other consultative meeting to decide on punishment for a crime is against the Constitution of Pakistan. In December 2019, police claimed to have arrested members of a jirga over charge of declaring a seven-year-old girl vani and forcibly marrying her off to settle an honour-related case.

It was reported that a jirga was being held at a local landlord’s place in Kashmore area of the Sindh province to settle-off a case pertaining to ‘honour’. The jirga members decided to marry-off a seven-year-old girl and impose fine up to Rs 1.2 million on the man for his alleged involvement in the case.

The authorities arrested all those involved in the case and shifted them to a police station for further probe over an activity declared illegal under the country’s rules.

DNA

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