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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has termed the jirga system as against fundamental human rights and called for limiting its role to only civil cases.
He was heading a three-member bench of the apex court, which was hearing a case against vani and swara on Thursday.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said the highest number of jirgas were being held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
The chief justice remarked that jirgas and panchayats have no legal authority to give girls in vani or announce capital punishment.
Justice Nisar said that if the jirgas or panchayats were approached, they could deal with minor civil cases only. He also termed the decisions of Jamaatud Dawa as illegal, which imposes heavy fines. He said that he would asked the government to legislate on this issue in the parliament.
When additional advocate general was asked about any legislation by provincial governments, he said that the Sindh High Court has already declared the jirga system illegal.


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