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Do you know what a Loya Jirga is?

It's a Pashto term for "grand council" and the Afghan government has invited the Taliban to attend one. A Loya Jirga is a consultative system that Afghans have used for more than 1,000 years to settle affairs of the nation or to rally people behind a particular cause. The first Jirga was held near Kandahar in 1709 to oust an brutal governor appointed by Iranian conquerors. The last was 2006 in Qalat to discuss the rights and sovereignty of Balochistan. They are often conducted to promote unity.

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