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Top Pakistani Court Probes Barter Of Seven Girls To Settle Feud

Pakistan's top court has ordered authorities to probe the alleged barter of seven girls to settle a blood feud in a remote southwestern district.

Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry began proceedings into the allegations on October 9.

The alleged trade happened in the Dera Bugti district of Balochistan Province.

The district deputy commissioner, Saeed Faisal, told the Supreme Court that a tribal council had ordered the barter in early September.

He did not know the ages of the girls, but local media said they were between four and 13.

The advocate general for the province could not confirm the incident.

The tradition of families exchanging unmarried girls to settle feuds is banned under Pakistani law but still practiced in the country's more conservative and tribal areas.

Based on reporting by AP and BBC Urdu