Womens jirga to settle sectarian disputes in NAs
17 October 2006
The Daily Times
Gilgit: Women have formed a 34-member jirga to settle sectarian disputes in the Northern Areas (NAs), emulating their male counterparts who formed a 36-member jirga after last years sectarian clashes in Gilgit. Sources told Daily Times that Dilshad Bano, a local Pakistan Muslim League (PML) leader, had been appointed chairwoman of the jirga. Jirga members are Northern Areas Legislative Council members Amna Ansari, Fauzia Saleem Abbas and Shaista Shafi, Adviser for the Northern Areas Noorul Ain, Gilgit District Council members Yasmin Fiaz Ali, Parveen Ali Jan, Amber Hussain Advocate and Shakeela Ghulam Nabi, and social workers Shama Chiragh, Taj Begum, Mehr Bano, Alveena, Nasim Karim, Kaneez Fatima, Mrs Hamza, Mrs Aslam, Ms Sanober, Tahira Saleem, Ambreen, Bulbul Nisa, Saima Latif, Mrs Aftab Haider, Shahdar, Mrs Hafizur Rahman and Nargis. Sources said that the jirga would mobilise women to prevent violence and educate them about peace. It would also work for protection of womens rights in the area. It is for the first time in the history of the Northern Areas that women will play a role in negotiating peace deals.