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Keyword: Loya Jirga or grand assembly of tribal elders

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Banking on a jirga and a prayer in Afghanistan

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

The Americans are caught, literally, between and a rock and a hard place in Afghanistan. The mountainous country has one of the toughest people on earth that have never allowed foreigners to dominate them.


Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga convened by the US for its own purposes

Zia Sarhadi

Sha'ban 19, 14282007-09-01

The Loya Jirga, or grand assembly of tribal elders, is the traditional Afghan way of discussing and resolving differences, but there was something very odd about the one held in Kabul from August 9-12. True, large amounts of food that (including rice, lamb kebabs and other Afghan delicacies) were served with typical Afghan hospitality, but the jirga was not entirely an Afghan affair. This was partly because it brought together tribal elders from both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border, which is something of a novelty with potentially grave consequences for the future of Pakistan if it is not handled carefully.


Post-Jirga politicking in Afghanistan confirms problems facing the US

Zia Sarhadi

Jumada' al-Akhirah 14, 14252004-08-01

If getting agreement on Afghanistan’s new constitution at the Loya Jirga was a tortuous process, what lies ahead may well be worse. Implementing its articles, especially those on disarmament and demobilisation of the armed militias (whose survival depends not on what is written on a piece of paper but on guns), will be the most difficult task...


Afghans still dying as US uses Loya Jirga to legitimise its plans for the country

Zafar Bangash

Dhu al-Qa'dah 08, 14242004-01-01

Afghanistan’s US-imposed and supported "president", Hamid Karzai, said on December 24 that he expected the country’s tribal Loya Jirga (grand assembly) to complete its work within a week (after Crescent press time) and that he was confident that it would agree to his preferred presidential model for a new constitution...

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