Pakistan probes claims tribes bartered girls

2012-10-09 15:34

Quetta — Pakistan's top court on Tuesday ordered a probe into an alleged barter of seven girls to settle a blood feud in a remote southwestern district.

Pakistan's Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry began proceedings into the allegations, which were first reported in the local media.

The alleged trade happened in the Dera Bugti district of Baluchistan province between two sub-tribes of the Bugti tribe, one of the more prominent tribes in the province.

A tribal council had ordered the barter in early September, the district deputy commissioner, Saeed Faisal, told the court. He did not know the girls' ages but local media reported they were between four and 13 years old.

However, the advocate general for the province could not confirm the incident.

Chaudhry, the chief justice, ordered Faisal to make sure that all members of the tribal council appear in the court on Wednesday, as well as a local lawmaker who belongs to one of the two sub-tribes believed involved in the incident.

The tradition of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds is banned under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country's more conservative, tribal areas.

  • DSBennie - 2012-10-09 15:54

    Monsters, this comes from the same country where a 14 year old girl was shot in the head today after speaking out against the Taliban. You can judge a nation allot on how it treats its children, and I do not see much hope for the Pakistanis in the future

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-09 18:16

    Islam is no good for man, woman or child.

  • abrar.hussain.1293575 - 2012-10-09 18:36

    Don't u look in your own newspapers that your own parents rape your own girls for the sake of christianity or to be more holly or spirtual? . (They are helldogs who rape their own daoughters) Dnt just open ur mouth and say woteva u ppl wana say. Speak truth. Talk about ur own nation who suffering in the same or more worse probleme. Dnt just blame a relegion or a nation.good and bad ppl are everywhere even in this country. Wotever u have said can be becoz of ur own personal issues with pakistanis. Pakistan have a bright future and May God bless pakistan and Pakistanis (amen)

      pvjohnson1 - 2012-10-09 18:53

      Hey Abra-are you addressing your rant to D S Bennie or Gerhard? Bennie did not mention Religion-why did you?Gerhard's post was uncalled for in my opinion.

      derek.edwards.75491 - 2012-10-10 08:35

      This article is not about Christianity nore is islam mentioned in it. Are you assuming they are doing it in the name or islam? stop diverting attention away from the article. I have never seen an article or heard of parents rape their own girls to be more spiritual but if I did I bet there would be no comments from Christan's saying "look the muslims do it so it makes it OK that we do it as well" or "why dont you ignore what christians do and rather worry about what evil gets done in the name of muhammad"

  • ameenah.jacobs - 2012-10-09 19:02

    These are uneducated TRIBALISTS. How can you equate their backwardness with Islaam? They are probably more interested in their camels then women anyway. Why can't we just seperate Islaam from certain events?

  • abrar.hussain.1293575 - 2012-10-16 23:45

    I replied both DSBennie and GERHARD. I'm not criticizing any religion. These both above 2 ppl that I mentioned have very limited knowledge or they just kidding.I didn't like their comments

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