Inter-sectarian harmony: ‘Form grand Jirga to curb Balochistan unrest’

Published: April 24, 2012
Jirga should have Baloch, Pashtun, Hazara tribal elders, Sunni, Shia religious scholars, says MWM. PHOTO: REUTERS

Jirga should have Baloch, Pashtun, Hazara tribal elders, Sunni, Shia religious scholars, says MWM. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: In order to maintain unity and harmony among the people and unveil  terrorists fueling hatred on sectarian grounds, the Balochistan chapter of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) suggested on Tuesday that a grand Jirga comprising of Baloch, Pashtun and Hazara tribal elders with religious scholars from Sunni and Shia sects be formed.

Speaking to the media at the Quetta Press Club, President MWM Balochistan chapter Maqsood Ali Domki made several suggestions.

In an open letter to the people of Balochistan, provincial assembly members, tribal elders and religious leaders, Domki stated that it was high time for those responsible to play their role for the restoration of peace and order in the province.

“The Hazara community has been subjected to targeted killings since 1998 and the attacks escalated rather being controlled, claiming the lives of over 500 people so far,” he said.

Domki claimed that the government and its functionaries were completely aware of the hideouts of terrorists therefore they should launch a crackdown to break up their chain. “All those elements financing the terrorists should be disclosed and brought to justice, while action should be taken against such muftis and religious seminaries that pronounce fellow Muslims as kafir (non-believer), non-Muslim, and issue wajibul qatal (liable to be killed ) fatwas for their Muslim brothers.”

He said it was a matter of great concern that terrorists booked by law enforcement agencies were released by courts due to “one reason or another”, and that there was a need to take steps that ensure terrorists are not released and are punished for their crimes.

The chief of MWM said that his organisation was willing to extend its cooperation to restore law and order in Balochistan.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Balochistan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 4:35PM

    NO to Mullas. We will solve our issues ourselves.


  • Falcon
    Apr 24, 2012 - 6:40PM

    Certainly a positive development. Regardless of anyone’s disagreements with common clergy, they have appeal in public and they can surmount the strongest defense against sectarianism, only if they could put their heads together.


  • Salma
    Apr 25, 2012 - 12:11AM

    I don’t know why this reporter did not cover the huge protest held by PMAP in Quetta against target killing of Shias and Pashtuns in Karachi – instead is writing about this imaginary Jirga


  • Aness Hussain
    Apr 25, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Hazara is a tribe? what rubbish. Only Baloch and Pashtun are tribal people in Balochistan please media do your intense research next time. Hazara doesn’t have any identity in Balochistan, just they are considered as shop keepers of Quetta and they don’t possess any ancestral lands in Balochistan.One thing I do agree in this article, that is they have Shia’it elders who can sort this problem with other sunni groups


  • Apr 26, 2012 - 12:34AM

    very strange for democratic peoples as u reported the press statement of unpopular MWM and u not coverage a popular party in balochistan pashtunkhwa milli awami part huge rally n public meeting whic was held on 23 april in quetta where recent difficulteis were were address by PMAP leader n public applause them buy u honourable reporter did not coverage the rally which seems biased reporting from ur side. thanks


  • Noise
    Apr 26, 2012 - 2:25AM

    @Anees Hussain
    It does not matter that you consider them mere shopkeepers, if they consider themselves a tribe then they are a tribe. You dont need to always live in your ancestral land to be a tribe, you just need to live as a tribe with a group of people all tied together by blood, with elders who are obeyed by the rest. The Hazara are relatively recent arrivals to Baluchistan, but they were tribes when they got here. And now they’re a part of Baluchistan, your nay-saying wont change the fact that their home is now Baluchistan. If you continue thinking they have no place in Baluchistan, that they somehow need your approval; remember that they live in homes they built themselves through their own hardwork and they didnt take any handouts from you.


  • Rao
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:28AM

    Bring peace no matter what the methos is, tradional or modern.


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