An Analysis of Jirga System and Perception of Local People: A Case Study of Bahadur Khan Village, Attock District, Pakistan
Keywords:Formal Justice System, Informal Justice System, Jirga System, Legal Pluralism
The aim of this study was to examine people's perceptions of the Jirga system. The study was conducted at Bahadur Khan Village, located in the Attock district of Punjab. A group of 10 respondents have been interviewed with the purpose to gather data. The qualitative approach has been used to analyse and interpret the gathered information. Finally, the data was subjected to thematic analysis in order to analyse and identify recurring themes. The findings indicate that the Jirga functions as an organization of society that facilitates the upholding and advancement of cultural values among the population as a whole. The general public is overwhelmingly in favor of the Jirga’s sessions and the subsequent implementation of decisions due to their effectiveness and efficiency. People feel obligated to stick to the decisions of the Jirga, reinforced by the backing of the community. The Jirga has demonstrated its efficacy as a means of resolving societal issues and received widespread support through its decision-making processes.
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