Dera Bugti jirga: 13 girls bartered to settle tribal feud

Published: October 9, 2012

Mir Tariq Masoori Bugti has denied conducting any jirga despite reports that the first tranche of Rs3million fine has already been paid to the offended party. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: As many as 13 young girls have been bartered to settle a blood feud between two tribes in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan, officials and tribal elders said on Monday.

The girls — aged between four and 16 — were given in Vani by a tribal jirga which arbitrated a five-month-old blood feud between the Baloch tribes of Masoori and Shahwani Masoori. Both are sub-clans of the Bugti tribe.

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, in the Baikar area of Phelawagh.

Due to conflicting statements, the date of the Jirga is still not clear. Two tribal elders, however, told the BBC Urdu Service that it was either convened on September 3 or 4.

According to them, Masoori tribesman Roshan Khan had murdered Mira Khan, a Shahani Masoori tribesman. The jirga declared Roshan Khan guilty and ruled that his tribe give 13 girls in Vani to the offended family besides an Rs3 million fine.

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

A senior official based in Dera Bugti confirmed the girls  were bartered and that they were aged between four and 16.

Mir Sarfraz Khan Masoori Bugti, a cousin of Mir Tariq, also concurred that the lawmaker convened the jirga and that the girls given in Vani were less than 16 years of age.

Condemning the morbid tradition, Mir Sarfraz called upon the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the incident.

According to Ghulam Nabi Shahani, an elder of the Shahani Masoori Bugti tribe, several participants of the jirga have also confirmed the harrowing episode.

Mir Tariq, however, has denied conducting any jirga despite reports that the first tranche of the Rs3million fine has already been paid to the offended party.

Interestingly, Mir Tariq defended the jirga system’s reconciliatory powers. According to him, it helps resolve local feuds and maintain peace and harmony in the society.

Following media reports, Dera Bugti’s Assistant Commissioner Qasim Naveed Bugti formed an inquiry committee headed by Tehsildar Atta Muhammad to further probe the matter.

(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM AGENCIES)

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2012.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Faiz Ahmed
    Oct 9, 2012 - 4:02AM

    Don’t have any words ruthless people with no minds and they call them selves muslims they should all be stoned to death in public
    why does a girl age 16 years have to bare for other people sin

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  • usman786
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:29AM

    Try this practice in rest of Balochistan and Karachi/hyd to estb peace and harmony. Hope girls are over 18. Mush had kept check on such activities of sardars that’s why they did not like him

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  • Saim
    Oct 9, 2012 - 9:29AM

    Really sorry to hear that !!! for settling a feud, they give away 13 girls in Vani custom…are we progressing or regressing culturally? a really strange and cruel decision….

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  • aysha
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:33AM

    So much for Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
    There can be no tribal tradition that can gain precedence over Islamic laws.
    Vani has more resemblance to practices of pre Islam age, the age of barbarism, darkness, and ignorance, it clearly shows complete disregard for the teachings of the HOLY PROPHET (SAW)

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  • omerulz
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:04AM

    @Faiz Ahmed:

    r they really muslims? If this is the Baloch culture, than FC is better off taking care of them.

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  • Popularist
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Here we are weeping and sweating for these barbarians!
    1. Did Punjabis teach them this Vani?
    2. Has Army taught and forcebly asked them to do this?
    3. You still want to call Bugti an innocent?
    4. Where is your Suo Moto Action plan on this OR is that privillege only for the ruling elite?
    5. You still think Army should leave these Illiterates and barbarians on their own?
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  • Qasim
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:49AM

    These same sardars claim to be fighting for the rights of the Baluchs? Is this how they will protect them? Shame, shame, shame…………..

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:58AM

    There is no respect of women in Balochistan,KPK and Sindh especially in the tribal and rural areas in the eyes of Balochis and Pakhtoons and their different customs and traditions against the honor,grace,dignity and respect of women they show before the world especially before the muslim world when they use the women to fulfill/obtain their own negative designs to protect the culprit men and this is really the shameless face of them the world sees including Muslim world on the name of substandard and most ever worst tribal customs and traditions……..

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:58AM

    There is no respect of women in Balochistan,KPK and Sindh especially in the tribal and rural areas in the eyes of Balochis and Pakhtoons and their different customs and traditions against the honor,grace,dignity and respect of women they show before the world especially before the muslim world when they use the women to fulfill/obtain their own negative designs to protect the culprit men and this is really the shameless face of them the world sees including Muslim world on the name of substandard and most ever worst tribal customs and traditions……..Recommend

  • Ciccio
    Oct 9, 2012 - 11:41PM

    There is one easy solution to this ever recurring problem. Take every member of the jirga who made this decision and hang them. You might have to hang one or two more jirgas but after that no more such judgments will be made.

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  • Frank
    Oct 10, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @Faiz Ahmed:
    look at what God they are worshipping….it is not a surprise…

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  • clhole
    Oct 10, 2012 - 10:33AM

    American woman’s libbers completely avoid the Muslim problem for women. They will not speak up for these poor girls or any other woman subjugated by Islam. What they will attack are women like Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin. Why? Because they are Christian. So the next time someone says I am part of the Woman’s liberation now you know what they really stand for. Pro-late term abortion, morning after pills to teenagers without their parents knowledge and against any woman who dares to state they are pro-life or Christian. Giving morning after pills or abortions to young girls without their parents knowledge could be very dangerous in that they could die from infection or may need a D&C and not understand the dangers. But mention that concern and the Libbers will take you down.Recommend

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