13 minor girls bartered to settle tribal feud in Balochistan

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 11:20 hrs

In yet another shocking incident, as many as 13 young girls have been bartered to settle a five-month-old blood feud between two tribes in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

The girls - aged between four and 16 - were given in Vani by a tribal jirga, which settled a feud between the Baloch tribes of Masoori and Shahwani Masoori, both sub-clans of the Bugti tribe, reports The Express Tribune.

Vani is a tribal custom in which girls are forcibly married off to settle tribal feuds.

According to two tribal elders, Masoori tribesman Roshan Khan had murdered Mira Khan, a Shahwani Masoori tribesman. The jirga declared Roshan Khan guilty and directed his tribe give 13 girls in Vani to the offended family besides a fine of Rs 3 million.

Due to conflicting statements, the date of the Jirga is still not clear. Two tribal elders, however, have said it was either convened on September 3 or 4.

Mir Tariq Masoori Bugti, a lawmaker in the Balochistan Assembly, is said to have conducted the jirga, which was attended by tribal elders and notable locals.

Mir Sarfraz Khan Masoori Bugti, a cousin of Mir Tariq, condemned the morbid tradition, and called upon the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the incident.

Following media reports, Dera Bugti's Assistant Commissioner Qasim Naveed Bugti formed an inquiry committee to further probe the matter. (ANI)

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