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An assembly of tribal elders in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

[Pashto, from Mongolian jergä, circular or semicircular formation of hunters or warriors.]


a tribal council responsible for settling disputes in Afghanistan and Pakistan
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Noun1.Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"
Pashto, Pashtu, Paxto, Afghani, Afghan - an Iranian language spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the official language of Afghanistan
council - a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
Loya Jirga - a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems; "he convened a Loya Jirga that persuaded tribal leaders to acquiesce"
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Under the Afghan constitution, a Loya Jirga made up of parliamentarians and chiefs of district and provincial councils can amend the constitution, impeach the president and "decide on issues related to independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity as well as supreme national interests.
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Former Afghan president, Burhanuddin Rabbani, the jirga chairperson, suggested that the government set up a women-only commission to talk peace with the wives, mothers and sisters of Taliban fighters.
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He said that political authority is aware of agency problems and the role of Jirga is essential and can not be sidelined at any expanse dealing the tribe dispute but law and order situation can not be compromised.