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- n. A gathering of elders or leaders in Pakistan or Afghanistan, especially within a tribe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A council of elders or head men among the Afghans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders
Mr Karzai is stopping in the UK on the way back from a week of talks with the Obama administration in the US, ahead of a peace gathering - or "jirga" - to be held in his country at the end of this month and the Kabul Conference on July 20.
A national peace conference - or "jirga" - in May was shaken by a rocket attack and gun battles with militants.
A national peace conference - or "jirga" - in May was shaken by
If they did not, the peace "jirga" - the name for a traditional Afghan assembly of elders - would still go ahead and focus on how to bring insurgents into talks and end the conflict,
And while you can’t really go further with this approach unless you test that premise — the Afghan-Pakistan joint mini-jirga is geared to do that — it’s worth asking: what’s Plan B?
The gathering, known as a jirga in the local Pashtu language, was organized by Amn Tehrik, or Peace Movement, a group of ethnic Pashtun intellectuals and professionals from the tribal belt in the northwest of the country.
The jirga is the first of several events intended to boost the government's legitimacy, which was badly battered after last year's fraud-ridden elections.
He called the jirga an "American-led" event designed to legitimize the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan.
The start of the much-anticipated meeting, called a jirga, comes after several delays and amid great skepticism about its agenda.
The jirga is a key moment for Karzai to try to unite a divided nation and regain legitimacy, Afghan and Western officials said this week -- or, if it goes badly, to lose even more of it.
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