Jirga barters off 12 girls to resolve murder case

Published: May 7, 2011
The ages of the girls handed over to the aggreived party in Sukkur fall between five to 15 years.

The ages of the girls handed over to the aggreived party in Sukkur fall between five to 15 years.


Sukkur police on Friday booked 25 people at Raza Goth police station for alleged involvement in holding a jirga on Thursday, and ordering the handing over of 12 girls in marriage to reconcile a four-year-old murder case. According to informed sources, the jirga was held near Pano Aqil, under the supervision of local landlord Mohammad Ibrahim Maher, to resolve a murder case involving two groups of the Maher clan – Paryal and Alan.

The groups live in the kachcha area of Lakhi Ghulam Shah, district Shikarpur.

The jirga members found the Paryal Maher guilty of murder of four men from Alan Maher, ordering the former clan to give 12 of their minor girls in marriage to men from the latter, three girls for every murder as compensation. The jirga members also directed the declared guilty to pay Rs250,000 in fines to the declared victims.

Sources say both groups accepted the verdict and decided to perform the nikah of the 12 girls, aged between eight and twelve, to male members of the Alan Maher later in the evening.

News of the verdict was leaked to the media, purportedly prompting the police to conduct raids and arrest the culprits involved in convening the jirga.

The accused, however, managed to flee and SHO Raza Goth police station booked 25 people including the landlord Mohammad Ibrahim Maher, Paryal Maher, Alan Maher and others, on behalf of the state.

No arrests were made till the filing of this report.

DPO Sukkur Aitzaz Goraya, when contacted, said the police are conducting raids to arrest the culprits and the media would be apprised about any updates.

Jirgas are held in parts of interior Sindh as a parallel judicial system to settle scores, despite being banned by the Sindh High Court.

Slamming the jirga’s verdict, human rights activist and lawyer Hadi Bux Bhatt said it is “inhumane, immoral and illegal.”

Jirgas are banned because landlords use them to assume the powers of judiciary, administration and law enforcement, he said.

He added that bartering of girls to settle scores should not be tolerated since it’s not allowed by the law, culture or religion of the area.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Absar
    May 6, 2011 - 2:58PM

    What year are we living???:S I mean who are these so called jirga people self proclaim JUDICIALs. Why don’t we hand over these people to WANA people as a compensation.Or at least tell them that we’ll hand over them to WANA locales so as they might get the feeling of being compensated as …..Recommend

  • asad
    May 6, 2011 - 3:04PM

    Sent police officers to arrest them? can you follow it up and inform the readers whether any arrests materialized and whether the culprits were challaned? it is a matter of public interest and this story should be followed up. In addition to this , it must not be forgotten that Jirgas are not indigenous arbitration platforms and rather neighbouring afghanistan has exported it first to KP province and further on to punjab and upper sindh. Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    May 6, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Tears in my eyes! ALLAH bless this nation :'(Recommend

  • saleem khan
    May 6, 2011 - 3:12PM

    How the word Jirga comes in Sukkur?Recommend

  • Temur
    May 6, 2011 - 3:15PM

    {{{DPO Sukkur has ordered an FIR against the jirga members and also sent police officers to arrest them.}}}
    Nothing will happen to the Jirga members and the girls will remain where they are now, i.e. in the confinement of the “aggrieved party”. Welcome to the 7th century, welcome to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Z. Akbar
    May 6, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Islamic nation…..we are behaving like the Arabs living in Pre Islam Arabia……we are bound for hell….America will have to do very little to destroy us….we will implode!Recommend

  • Xulfee
    May 6, 2011 - 4:00PM

    yes i agreed these are stupid people because of these people Pakistan facing lots of troubles.Recommend

  • Ihk
    May 6, 2011 - 4:09PM


  • May 6, 2011 - 4:34PM

    being a mother really i feel those my daughters if v all feel,think and realize i think such kind of behaviors should be removed.the government of sindh should must arrest and give order for hang(phansi), those real member of jirga and those persons who involved to do murder their own hands .really its very very said behavior of our society .Allah give them right path of life .Recommend

  • Arif Kamal
    May 6, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Are these guys insane, 5 to 15 years old girls handed over as compensation?

    Can you reveal more info about this matter, this is as sick as killing of those 2 boys after a severe beating.Recommend

  • nair
    May 6, 2011 - 4:58PM


  • Ruhina Hashmi
    May 6, 2011 - 5:38PM

    Words fail me. I am a mother of daughters – what hells those mothers – and their daughters! – be going through? What age is this? I agree with the other writers, ET, if you can report upon this, it obliges you to follow it up and inform your readers. God have mercy on those children!!Recommend

  • Asrar Ahmed
    May 6, 2011 - 7:54PM

    Have fear of Allah. These guys of Jirga should be given life imprisonment.
    I pray and request Hon. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court to take suo moto notice of this gross human right violationRecommend

  • Malay
    May 6, 2011 - 8:22PM

    It has been reported earlier that according to a poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan,
    59% of the citizens think they are Pakistani 2nd and Muslim 1st.
    I would like to know whether these Jirga people are ‘Pakistani’ or ‘Muslim’ Recommend

  • Saad H
    May 6, 2011 - 9:20PM

    I don’t wanna sound like a fundo here, but these are the signs of the end of days! wake up people, before it’s too late!Recommend

  • Tehseen
    May 6, 2011 - 9:33PM

    @Arif Kamal:

    Which we have also conveniently forgotten!Recommend

  • let there be peace
    May 7, 2011 - 1:51AM

    @Z. Akbar:
    do you mean Arabs living in Pre Islam Arabia were uncivilized evil people?
    I heard the first wife of your holy prophet was independent rich single woman who had her own business even in Pre Islam times. And as far as I know the Arabs living in Pre Islam Arabia did not kill or physically harm holy messenger. I thought that is supposed to be civilized behaviour? can you clear my confusion please.Recommend

  • Mahrukh Asad
    May 7, 2011 - 2:49AM

    the above comments surprise me! I mean this is not the first incident of its kind neither will it be the last.the readers are showing so much concern over this report,where are these concerns when u r having an amazing time at cafe’s.buying clothes that are worth lacks for weddings ands da list goes on.instead of just commenting now or talking about such incidents(i believe we as a nation are very good at that) when will we actually start to take steps to stop this evil from ruining our society?! Wen will we wake up to gdesrroy the root cause?! Pakistan is getting worse day by day! All of us knw that our government(be it of any party) is least interested in our problems!its is who need to wake up! Until we dnt start contributing nobody can savr pakistan.we can just start by education our maid’s children.there’s no end to the limit we can contribut.we can simply start by wearing a pair of gloves and cleaning your own street.i can garuntee that the first three days ppl will make fun of u but after that they’l start helping.they’l start feeling guilty! We can simply start by making our kids volunteer in organizations like tcf,indus hosp etc.its the will that counts,not the way.we all knw how ‘safe’ our country is.but one generation has to take a risk,has to sacrifice.things are getting worser,if not tackeled now,sigh palistan will be history!Recommend

  • Ghulam Mustafa Chaniho
    May 7, 2011 - 7:25AM

    Jirgas do not happen in sindh its rajuri faisla and what the hell is this interior sindh? Who divided sindh into interior and exterior??Recommend

  • SARA
    May 7, 2011 - 11:00AM

    @MALAY: dont know if they are Pakistani or not but definitly not following Islamic rules, Allah knows best but they are definitly not in Momin’s list.
    the situation is becoming like before Islam, which also reflects that Azab of Allah is coming and signs of judgement day.
    they are munafiqs who are just naming these rules of ISLAM to save them from punishment. If we were living under Islamic organized government, this wud never happen. Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 7, 2011 - 1:31PM

    I noted that after the desicion made by the jirga

    decided to perform the nikah of the 12
    girls, aged between eight and twelve,
    to male members of the Alan Maher
    later in the evening.

    Just in case they changed there minds, Honestly some Pakistani men need

    A) Castrating
    B) Hanging

    or C) Education ( prefferable )

    We are becoming a laughing stock.Recommend

  • amjad
    May 10, 2011 - 7:01AM

    Seems like this society is drifting in dark ages. “Ooper Se Neeche-hama khandaan aftaab ast.”Recommend

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