updated Thu. June 16, 2022
April 14, 2018
But this issue will not be resolved by Karzai because it will evoke negative reactions from nationalist Pashtuns who want to annex the tribal Pashtunistan region to Afghanistan.” Knyazev's claims were also reported by several Afghan sources, but received little reaction from the then government.
April 11, 2018
While some movements have primarily sought autonomy and rights within Pakistan, others saw the new country as the continuation of British imperialism during the initial decades after independence and even supported an independent homeland, Pashtunistan. Pashtuns inhabit one of the foremostÃÂ ...
April 10, 2018
On May 15, it will be 30 years since the Soviet troops pulled out from Afghanistan, leaving the war-ravaged country to the mujahideen (Islamic warriors). Thousands of people had died during the 1980s Afghan War, in which the mujahideen were backed by the Pakistani military and the US. What followedÃÂ ...
The News International (blog)
March 19, 2018
The Pashtunistan movement, the Bengali language movement in the former East Pakistan, Shia-Sunni sectarianism and the militant uprisings for socio-economic rights are some prominent examples of the national integration crisis that we have experienced. With the global rise of those who purvey aÃÂ ...
March 17, 2018
It is equally important to reflect on how these ideological measures have come back to haunt Pakistan and arguably could be a new source of Pashtunistan nationalism, stemming from very radical Pashtun Islamist groups rather than Afghanistan. The ongoing Pashtun movement which is beingÃÂ ...
March 5, 2018
The Afghan president Najibullah retaliated in the 1980s by reviving the demand for Pashtunistan. Unable to control Afghanistan and fearing the rise of Pashtun nationalism, after the withdrawal of the Soviets, Pakistan created the Taliban with recruits from the madrassas of NWFP and Balochistan and wereÃÂ ...
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
February 26, 2018
Previous callers had warned her that the stations where she had worked, including Safa and Pashtunistan, were vile and immoral influences. "IS kept telling me that the radio promotoes prostitution and atheism,” she continued. Qureshi had feared that making a formal complaint to the police would shameÃÂ ...
February 11, 2018
Afghan President Dr. Najibullah, was an ardent proponent of the Pashtunistan cause in the 1980s and 1990s and the Pashtun population on either side of the Durand Line was once again mobilized. The saga ended when Soviet Union collapsed and Mujahideen brought down the Najib government in 1992. The chaoticÃÂ ...
September 5, 2017
In fact, on many Taliban maps, the length of the border with Pakistan is actually labeled “Pashtunistan.” The only thing the nearly 35 million ethnic Pashtuns native to the region (23 million in Afghanistan, and 12 million in Pakistan) dream of—the only thing they have ever dreamed of—is independence.
August 21, 2017
Periodically, Afghanistan leaders have even pushed for the creation of Pashtunistan, a homeland carved out of the Pashtun regions in both countries. Since Pashtunistan would pose a major threat to Pakistan's security, Islamabad's support for the Taliban is also based on the assumption that once in power,ÃÂ ...
April 14, 2017
Hailing U. S. government's move of bombarding the Achin district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar province central to ISIS, Pashtun activist Umar Daud Khattak on Friday requested President Donald Trump to bombard Pakistan as well and free the people from the atrocities and extreme brutality they areÃÂ ...
March 20, 2017
Afghanistan was also the last country to recognize Pakistan as a state because of the dubious legal status of the Durand Line that separates the two countries, and Kabul funded the Pashtunistan movement supporters. The Cold War further fuelled the Pashtunistan movement as Russia and AfghanistanÃÂ ...
March 10, 2017
Kabul's Pashtun diplomacy was designed to achieve two ends: first, to get support for its non-recognition of the Durand Line, the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and, second, to promote “Pashtunistan Khwahi” (Pan-Pashtunism). The first is still the policy of Afghanistan, while the latter was more aÃÂ ...
March 2, 2017
In fact, Pashtun nationalists argued they didn't want Pakistan or India but a separate and independent “Pashtunistan,” composed of Pashtun-dominated areas currently under Pakistani sovereignty. Finally, when Pashtun nationalists recognized the reality of Pakistan, they then called for provincial autonomyÃÂ ...
September 30, 2015
Once again Daoud revived the Pashtunistan issue. The 1971 break-up of Pakistan created stirrings for separation in Baluchistan as well and a training camp for Baluchi fighters was set up in Kandahar. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto retaliated with bomb blasts in Kabul and Jalalabad. But Daoud fell out with Russia'sÃÂ ...
Huffington Post (blog)
November 12, 2012
WASHINGTON— On November 12, 1893 — 119 years ago today — Afghanistan's Amir Rahman Khan and Britain's Foreign Secretary for India, Sir Mortimer Durand, drew a line across the roof of the world. Running roughly 1,600 miles through the rugged peaks of Afghanistan and present-day Pakistan, the Durand LineÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
Besides its neighbours, Pakistan is at war with itself — from the looming portents of Pashtunistan, insurgencies in Balochistan, religious implosions with the phenomenon of Talibanisation and the increasing ghettoisation and disenfranchisement of minorities. The concept of “minority” extends its contoursÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
Peshawar (Pakistan), Apr 09 (ANI): The Pakistani media's move to blackout Pashtun Long March has invited massive backlash from its own people, including scholars and journalists as well. People have taken to Twitter to condemn the media blackout. Earlier, Over 1,00,000 Pashtuns held a rally inÃÂ ...