Jirga on boundary dispute remains inconclusive

Jirga on boundary dispute remains inconclusive

MANSEHRA: The jirga of Harban and Thor tribes held in Kohistan to settle the boundary dispute between Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained inconclusive on the first day.

The elders of Thor tribe of Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan were received warmly on Monday by elders of Harban tribe on their arrival at the jirga, which is expected to last for days.

The participants of the jirga will try to resolve the issue in the light of local traditions and customs.

“This jirga is being held with the backing of both Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments. If both the tribes come to a mutual settlement it would be acceptable to both the governments as maintaining peace at boundary is a top priority,” Fazl-i-Khaliq, the deputy commissioner of Kohistan, told journalists.

He said that it was a hectic effort by both the governments to bring the elders of both the tribes to the table of negotiations to settle issues between them for the lasting peace and prosperity of both the federating units.

“Although report of one-man commission to settle land dispute at boundary between GB and KP is important yet when peace will prevail it might pave way for the launching of mega projects and work on Diamer-Basha dam could also be resumed,” said Mr Khaliq.

The deputy commissioner said that if both tribes came to a conclusion, which was acceptable to the stakeholders, it would mean the compensation money for land being acquired for Diamer-Basha dam could be paid.

“We are expecting that all outstanding issues between both the tribes would not only be discussed at the jirga but an appropriate solution would also be suggested,” said Mr Khaliq.

Both Harban and Thor tribes have been claiming the ownership of 8 kilometres disputed land at boundary between KP and GB. Four people were killed in exchange of fire in 2014 between both the tribes following which federal government handed over the disputed territory to Frontier Constabulary.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1258883/jirga-on-boundary-dispute-remains-inconclusive

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