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Jirga bans cellphones with camera

MANSEHRA: A jirga of Madakhel in Torghar district has imposed ban on use of cellular phones having cameras in the territorial limits of the tribe.

The jirga, held in Doba Dokhel with Maulana Ihsanullah in the chair on Wednesday, was largely attended by members of the tribe and elders of the area.

Sources said that the jirga was convened to discuss the murder of Mohammad Yasin, who was killed last week allegedly for having picture of a local girl in his cellular phone set.

Mr Yasin fled to Karachi last year when he was caught by tribesmen with the picture in his phone set. He was killed when he returned to the area to get a job in police department.

The jirga issued a decree, saying that use of the camera was already prohibited in the area so use of cellular phone having camera was also banned in the territorial limits of the tribe.

“Anyone, who defies or violates the jirga`s decree, will be punished by confiscating his phone set and imposing a fine of Rs10,000 on him,” the jirga decided.

The jirga told tribesmen that if the violation was serious then the land of the violator would also be confiscated in accordance with traditions.

It would be worth mentioning here that President Asif Ali Zardari through a notification has changed the tribal status of Torghar and made it a settled district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Source: Dawn
Date:6/2/2011