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Dated: 19-March-2014

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took notice on an editorial of Daily Dawn dated 19.03.2014 captioned as “More jirga justice”  containing the details that a jirga was held in Wazirabad town of Sindh’s Shikarpur District and passed a decision in a karo-kari case. The editorial further stated that two women of the Mahar tribe had allegedly been killed by their parents for having ‘illicit relations’ with men of the Jagirani tribe. The Jagiranis were fined a total of Rs2.4m for ‘kidnapping’ and ‘having illicit relations’ with the women. The jirga was apparently held to settle a potentially explosive tribal dispute, but while both parties accepted its decision, astonishingly, no one was penalised for murdering the women. Even more shocking, an MNA, the PML-F’s Ghous Baksh Mahar, presided over the jirga.
Taking the cognizance, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan passed the following order:

“The new item if true, prima faice is violate of fundamental provisions of the Constitution particularly Article 9 and Protection of Women (Criminal Law Amendment) Act, 2006. Let the matter be placed before Court in Karachi tomorrow i.e. 20.03.2014. Registrar should contact IGP, Sindh by fax and phone personally to appear before court and explain about the occurrence of the incident and any violation of law.”

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