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In Zaranj, 35-year-old tribal feud comes to an end

In Zaranj, 35-year-old tribal feud comes to an end

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8 Feb 2023 - 13:31
In Zaranj, 35-year-old tribal feud comes to an end
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8 Feb 2023 - 13:31

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Two tribes –Sultankhel and Mohabakhel — have ended their 35-year-old enmity as a result of government mediation in southeastern Nimroz province.

A gathering marking reconciliation between the Zaranj-based tribes was held at the Vice and Virtue Department in the provincial capital.

Religious scholars, representatives of government organisations and youth participated in the gathering, local officials said.

Vice and Virtue Director Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar Farooq told Pajhwok Afghan News the Sultankhel-Mohabatkhel feud was converted into friendship and members of the tribes hugged each other.

Farooq called the facilitation of peaceful and brotherly relations among people the duty of everyone. “Each of us is responsible for ending ending disunity among people.”

The two tribes, originally hailing from the Khak-i-Safid district of western Farah province, are currently living in Zaranj. They had no relationship over the past 35 years.

Maulvi Qudratullah Rifat, a judge of the civil court who mediated between the tribes, said both parties were urged to reconcile, as peace led to spiritual and physical calmness.

“These tribes had been in conflict for years; their relations were deteriorated. Today, in the presence of many people, they embraced each other,” he added.

 Rifat commented peace marked the end of all hostilities. “Peace is central to spiritual satisfaction while enmity lead to fatalities and chaos in society. All of us, therefore, should live in peace.”

Pir Mohammad Sultani, a Sultankhel, tribal elder, said the enmity was fuelled by a verbal dispute between two people 35 years ago.

He informed after two months of a verbal dispute, the tribes clashed. One individual from Sultankhel was killed and it was the beginning of the feud.

He praised the Vice and Virtue Department’s efforts to convert the feud into friendship.

Mohammad Zor Rasouli, speaking on behalf of Mohabakhel, thanked the vice and virtue department for mediation and acknowledged enmities disturbed peace.

He noted four decades war in Afghanistan had psychologically harmed youth, who tended to fight over petty issues. Such aggressive tendencies eventually turned into bloody clashes, he said.

Both sides promised to put an end to their enmity and restart living in an atmosphere of brotherhood.

They asked other rival tribes to put their differences aside by following in their steps in the best interest of peace.


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