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    8 BANDITS EXECUTED IN PAKISTAN'S PUSHTUN AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT

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    ISLAMABAD, March 15, 2003. ( RIA Novosti). By the decision of the council of elders of Pushtu tribes, eight bandits were executed in public in the Orokzai autonomous district of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, populated mostly by Pushtuns, reports the newspaper Frontier Post on Monday.

    According to the newspaper News, among those executed, there was a citizen of Afghanistan . A two-thousand strong crowd observed the execution, reports the newspaper.

    The elders recognized the criminals as guilty of kidnapping and armed robberies. A few days ago, the bandits were detained by the local militia during a road checkup. They were seized after an exchange of fire.

    In the North-West Frontier Province, which extends along the Afghan border, Pakistani federal laws do no work. Legal proceedings here are conducted on the basis of the Afghans' traditional code of honor (Pushtunvalai), tribal laws and rulings of the council of the elders. The territory was annexed from Afghanistan in the late 19th century by British colonizers (along the Durand line) and became part of British possessions in India with the preservation of the province's internal self-government. (kul/ira)

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