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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.]
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
MANSEHRA -- Five people were arrested in Shinkiari area here on Wednesday after a jirga ordered a minor girl's forced marriage under the illegal tribal custom of vani.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought progress report from all four provincial governments and Gilgit Baltistan government on illegal jirga.
DAHARKI -- A jirga was held under the supervision of Ali BuxChachar in village MoloodiChachar on Saturday.
ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Wednesday felicitated Mir Rehman Rehmani on his election as a President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga (Parliament of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan).
KARACHI -- A 70-year-old jirga leader was killed in Karachi's Madina Colony.
KARACHI -- A 70 year old jirga leader was killed in Karachi's Madina Colony.
SHABQADAR -- A jirga of tribal elders in Mohmand has threatened to boycott the upcoming provincial assembly elections in the district, adding that they have already challenged the merger in the court.
PESHAWAR -- Representatives of various political and religious parties, trade unions, and members of civil society and Khalil Qaumi Jirga announced joint 'Peshawar Qaumi Jirga' while terming the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project - a venture of corruption and destructive for the people of Peshawar, have announced to launch a campaign against the mega corruption scandal and convene All Parties' Conference (APC) and grand Jirga here on march 12, Tuesday.
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was irked over the Hangu district judge's conduct of handing over the custody of a minor, Saima to her father on the decision of a Jirga.The top court's Justice Qazi Faez Isa heard the case and observed that "a jirga does not have the authority to decide the guardianship of a child thus, it was a breach of law".
PESHAWAR -- Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman on Tuesday said that tribal 'jirga' representing elders and notables would be constituted at sub-divisional (erstwhile FR) level aiming to resolve issues of tribal areas.
Islamabad -- Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday deemed the jirga system 'against fundamental human rights' and recommended that its scope be limited to civil cases only.
The most viable option, according to certain segments of Afghan society is the summoning of the Afghan Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly).