KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Two families have reconciled by ending their 20 years old enmity in southeastern Khost province, thanks to mediation from tribal elders and local officials.
The enmity between the families of Haji Abdul Manan and Haji Shah Wali Khan from the Blawt village of Terezi Alisher district ended as a result of efforts by local officials and tribal leaders.
The enmity surfaced two decades back with the killing of a person from one of the families.
Deputy Governor Maulvi Mahboob Shah Qanet told a reconciliation gathering the provincial administration was striving to address all problems, disputes and enmities and convert them into friendships and brotherhood.
After the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, Qanet said they had put an end to dozens of family feuds in this province.
He said: “These efforts will continue until all problems and disputes are resolved in a peaceful manner with the cooperation of religious scholars and tribal elders.”
Qanet asked tribal leaders and religious scholars to forge unity and live in an atmosphere of brotherhood and mutual co-existence.
Meanwhile, Haji Abdul Manan thanked the provincial administration and tribal leaders for resolving the long-running dispute. He expressed his happiness over hugging his rivals after so many years.
Haji Shah Wali Khan said: “We support the decision of the provincial administration and tribal leaders. We will not regret the decision. In the past 20 years, we have experienced a lot of hardships and problems.”
They also requested other residents and families of this province to support each other, live a peaceful life and not to offend each other.
Abdul Sattar, a resident of the area, believed all disputes and problems could be resolved peacefully through dialogue under the umbrella of Islam.
He urged the local administration to resolve similar conflicts between families and tribes in other areas of the province as well through dialogue.
“Feuds surface between tribes and families in Khost over land, deserts and other issues. Many young people have lost their lives. To resolve such problems, the government should work seriously,” he added.
Earlier, Director of Justice Maulvi Lahor Khan told Pajhwok in an interview there were more than 200 disputes between tribes over land, mountain, desert and pasture ownership in the province.