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Pakistan’s Tribal Councils in Spotlight After Brutal “Honor Killing”

By Asad Hashim MAKOL, Pakistan, May 8- Shock across Pakistan at the murder of a 16-year-old girl accused of helping a young couple run away and elope has turned to anger over the role played by a “jirga”, or tribal council, which police say ordered the punishment. Jirgas are often convened, particularly in conservative rural areas, to settle local

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