(Original post by Yousafzai!)
Even when that past could have shaped the very borders on which pakistan exists today? one should always speak out against an injustice no matter how long ago. Yes, No doubt they would probably vote for Pakistan, and that is becuase they simply no longer know about their own history. Go to schools in Pakhtunkhwa, you think they will be taught about the verses of khushal khan khattak, that ALL Pashtuns are Afghans or taught about the shady circumstances surrounding the durrrand line? Absolutely not, the Pakistanis cant risk it.
The tribal Pashtuns are probably the only free Pashtuns in the whole in Pakistan, but if you think they like Pakistan, you'd be mistaken. Which is why an "islamic emirate of Waziristan" exists inside waziristan as a state within a state.
The Pakistani army even made a deal in north waziristan due the fact that there were desertions in the Frontier Corps, Pashtuns would not fight Pahstuns and were willing to go against Pakistan for it.
agreed, i predict Pakistans instability will increase, which along with rising nationalist thoughts and a stable afghan goverment will soon get the results "Lar Ar Bar" afghans are hoping for.
The "Balkanization" of Pakistan has already been discussed all over the net.
Im sorry what? Over-represented? Pashtuns in the Pakistan army make up around 14% which is slightly under-represented, and the amount of Pakistan "Pashtuns" who became chief of staff can be counted on one hand even then you have people like Ayub Khan, who is not considered Pashtun, General Waheed Kakar who was a Hindku speaker and also General Yahya Khan another "Pashtun" was also a Qazlbash with Persian/Hindko his first language.
I agree with this part, attitudes towards the NGO's and health programs need to change.
However the millitancy in Pakistan is a whole other story.
Answered above. Most Pashtuns who reached these positions were the "imran khan" type, none Pashto speaking "pathans"
I dont see how nationalim is bad? if ethnic groups want their own country then let them have it! Yes if hazaras demanded a independant hazaristan then they should be entitled to it.
I gave your reference a search and found this;
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I've never even heard of the word "Genocide" used to describe what abdur rahman did to the hazaras, yes he was a harsh ruler, did he only punish hazaras? nope, even Pashtuns came under his wrath and any Pashtun tribe that resisted him was sent to northern Afghanistan, which is why you now have a large Pashtun presence in Kunduz.
Also the fact of 67% of Afghanistan bein hazaras is ridiculous, they were supposedly the majority ethnic group and no political say in the country? c'mon now.
Partly, that fact that the hazaras were a resistant group to the taliban also fueled taliban anger towards them.
To be honest is shouldnt have been your country in the first place, an independant bengal, and option for NWFP to join Afghanisan, and an independant Balochistan listed on the referendum would have made life easier for everybody
I dont recall me mentioning my race was above another, I dont recall mentioning that pashtuns were from a warrior tribe either, we dont live of the so called "Martial Races" theory on which the Pakistani army existed on (untill 1971).
In the end it comes down to the fact that Pashtuns in Pakistan share much more with Afghans then they do with Punjabis
Culturally we are closer to Afghan Pashtuns then to Punjabis
Linguisticly Pashto is closer to Dari then to Urdu,Punjabi (even thought there have been efforts to promote urdu in KPK)
Ethnically we are closer to Afghan pashtuns and evenTajiks then to Punjabis
, KPK was a part of Afghanistan and the residents were known as "Afghans" even when they were under British india's rule, it was only untill Pakistan was created that "Pakhtun", or even "Pathan" became the general name for us. Heck even old Pashtun men like my grandfather and uncles rufuse to call themselves Pakistani (understandably).