KARACHI - After a horrific incident of burying alive of 5 women over karo-kari in Balochistan, the Sindh government has issued directives to all the District police officers to make sure of a complete ban on holding of illegal jirgas and arrest the people who hold jirgas, senior official of Sindh Police told The Nation. Official sources said that on the directives of Home Department of Government of Sindh, the Inspector General/Provincial Police Officer wrote a letter to all the District Police Officers (DPOs) and directed them for ensuring the ban on parallel judicial system of jirgas in Sindh. After shocking incident of burial alive to 5 women in Balochistan on the verdict of a tribal jirga, the IG Police Sindh instructed to all the District Police Officers that complete ban should be enforced on holding of jirgas, sources said, adding that order had also been issued for the arrest of tribal chiefs and other responsible persons who found involved in organising jirgas. Meanwhile, it was also learnt that a severe action would be taken against the tribal chiefs/persons, who issued decree for murder of any person, to decide fortune of any woman and other verdict related with women. According to police officials, the home department directed that if murder of any body took place on the verdict of jirga, a murder case should be lodged against the persons involved in the jirga who took the decision. The Sindh Home department also ordered the Police officers that the Sindh High Court decree for ban on the holding of jirgas should be implemented according to its letter and spirit. Quoting the directives of IG police official pointed that "If no one comes for lodging complaint against the jirgas and their decisions, than on the behalf of State, the police officers would lodge FIRs against the persons involved in this crime". When contacted by The Nation, the District Police Officer (DPO) Shikarpur Khadim Hussain Rind confirmed the letter of IG police Sindh wherein it had been directed that jirgas should be discouraged. He said the Sindh High Court had also banned this parallel judicial system of jirgas but these jirgas were not banned due to powerful feudal system and lacunas in political and legal system. He claimed that the jirgas are completely banned in Shikarpur district as he had taken action against powerful tribal chiefs on holding of jirgas. It may be mentioned here that the jirgas are continuously being held in various parts of Sindh despite a ban imposed on this parallel judicial system by Sukkur Bench of the Sindh High Court in 2004. After High Court verdict, the feudal lords and tribal chiefs had shifted the venue of the jirgas to Balochistan for some times. But later on, these jirgas were frequently held in various areas of Sindh under the security cover of police and other government senior officials in government Circuit Houses. It may be noted here that former Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim had also presided over a jirga held in Sindh Chief Minister House Karachi that aimed to decide the tribal feud among Mahar and Almani tribes which started after free will marriage of a couple belonging to both the tribes. The reports collected by civil society organizations disclosed that more than four people, including three men, were killed daily on an average in Sindh while a woman lost her life every second day on the pretext of honour killings during the first half of this year 2008. The reports also showed that in most cases, the victims are murdered by their close relatives on the pretext of Karokari. However, the accused were mostly male members of the victim's family like husband, brother-in-law, father, brother, cousin and in rare cases mothers-in-law were directly or indirectly involved in the murders.