Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaaf (PTI) Winning Majority Seats In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: What This Means For Pashtuns

As the brunt of May 11’s momentous elections still lingers on and many Pashtuns everywhere, especially within Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, cheer and celebrate PTI’s rather staggering win in the region, there are other Pashtuns, however, who aren’t too happy or thrilled about this news.

I am one of them.

In fact, I can’t help but feel a great sense of disillusionment as the realization of the election results and what impacts it will have on Pakistan – especially in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA – dawns on me. The reality that Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party won majority of the seats (34 out of a possible 99) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, whereas the Awami National Party (ANP) – which governed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa for the last five years – was almost wiped out at the polls, deeming it almost insulting, is truly foreboding.

There is no doubt that ANP’s lack of support was due to the party’s corruption tactics and their struggle to set things right in order to bring peace to the region; yet, at the same time, it is the only party that was and is willing to fight against religious extremism, terrorism, and Taliban insurgents. It would be unfair to say that they didn’t try at all to bring peace to the region, because we must also bear in mind Taliban’s continuous attacks on secular parties (like ANP), which has thus restricted their ability to successfully carry out their campaigns. Yet, it was Imran Khan’s sweet-talking and aspirations of a “naya” (new) Pakistan that urged, if not forced, ordinary and perhaps even desperate, Pashtuns to throw all logical caution to the wind and cast their votes for him. This, as a result, not only instills a sense of gloom and hopelessness, but it also made me realize something: we, Pashtuns have failed to set our priorities straight, which will in turn tremendously fall short in favour of our having a better, safer and more progressive Pakhtunkhwa.

I realize that my writing this piece will most probably fuel great animosity among those who idolize this man and perhaps even consider him a “hero.” I may even be back-lashed for criticizing him and his policies so brazenly, for, in the eyes of many Pashtuns (and Pakistanis, in general), he is supposedly a wonderful philanthropist and a “great” leader, who aims to bring “positive changes” to Pakistan. However, I am prepared for all of that, and frankly, I don’t care. The truth has been denied long enough, and it is time we understood why his gaining power/control in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA region will have indubitably dire consequences.

To put it very bluntly, I am not a fan of Imran Khan. As a matter of fact, I was never a fan of him. He was indeed a great cricket player once and he has done wonderful humanitarian work that I will no doubt commend him for but, as a politician, he is a rogue. A senseless, illogical, rogue. My reader needs to keep in mind that my personal opinion of him has not influenced my lack of support for him, for it is not he (as a human being) that I have an issue with, but with his never-ending trail of lies and hypocrisy. Thus, I’ve had a problem with his views ever since he decided to step into politics back in 1996. Though, I was too young (barely a teen) – when he initially became a politician – to comprehend his agenda; it was his highly biased, misinformed and poorly argued article titled, Why the West Craves Materialism and why the East sticks to Religion, which he wrote back in 2002, that was enough to put me off from him for good.

It seems to me that Imran Khan gained popularity amongst Pashtuns mostly due to his anti-US propaganda, especially now that relations between Pakistan (Islamabad) and the United States were quickly deteriorating. However, this is not to imply that Pashtuns are anti-US per se. No, not at all, actually. Yet, at the same time, there appears to be some sort of a “blame-game” going on, where Khan is trying to confuse the masses by putting the blame entirely on the United States for the current situation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, especially with regards to drones. What he fails to realize, however, is that Pakistan has not been a victim of Taliban attacks only after 2001, but prior to that as well. Thus, drones are a result of Pakistan’s failure to curb militancy and cross border attacks. So, for Imran Khan to label the Taliban as “freedom fighters”/”nationalists,” suggesting that they are carrying out some sort of jihad against the foreigners, is highly misleading.

It is no different than when back in 2002, a year after 9/11 and shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) came to power. Their victory, too, was solely for the same reason that they were promoting anti-American rhetoric, which thus made it easier for them to rig the elections, gain the majority of Pashtuns’ support, and take control of the region. However, after four years of being in power they proved to be a failure, for their ruling demonstrated far-reaching consequences, which ended up threatening the peace of the province, as well as any hopes of stability in Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, we, Pashtuns, do not learn from our past mistakes and I would not be surprised at all if history, once again, repeats itself now that Imran Khan has gained impetus in the region. We have a tendency to fall prey to our emotional whims, not realizing that in doing so, we fail to look at the big picture and in turn end up burning ourselves in the process. While I understand why the majority of Pashtuns would vote for someone like Imran Khan – whether it is out of sheer desperation in hopes for a better/improved Pakhtunkhwa or common hostile sentiments towards the West, or both – one thing is clear: we have been caught up in the semblance of blind hope. We fail to realize that he now has a massive amount of responsibility resting on his shoulders – one that I doubt he will be able to fulfill successfully (if, at all), considering his naïve policies, anti-Western rhetoric, and unrealistic goals of trying to “negotiate” with the Tehreek-E-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

If that isn’t bad enough, he has made no secret of his bigoted views towards Ahmadis (and other religious sects that happen to be a minority in Pakistan). He should realize that if someone happens to adhere to a certain religious sect, others have no right to judge or label him/her, based on their own understanding of the religion. Besides, it is not the government’s job to decide or implement who is a person of faith and who is not. It is a very personal matter and should be treated as such. Further, his inane views about women are also questionable, despite what the PTI manifesto dictates, i.e.: women’s empowerment, awareness around cruel customs such as swara in KPK, girls’ education, women’s greater access to healthcare, etc.

However, the PTI manifesto is just that – a manifesto. On paper, it looks all fine and dandy, but whether or not Imran Khan plans to implement them now that he has attained power is highly debatable. Why? Well, it appears that back in 2006, he voted against the amendment to the women’s bill in favour of victims of rape. Rather, he seemed to have stated his agreement with the Jamaat-e-Islaami (JI) stance on rape instead, and how a woman must present four male witnesses (that she has never seen or met before) in order to prove that she was indeed raped. If not, she will be thrown into jail, abused and humiliated for “lying.” This then makes me wonder: considering that JI has come second in place in the elections, after PTI, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, does this mean that a coalition will be inevitable, thus leading to rules supporting misogyny and the full subjugation and disempowerment of women in the region? As much as I do not want to be pessimistic, I can’t help but wonder how PTI intends to pass any sort of pro-women legislation in a region where the second highest majority is a party that considers women lower than insects. Hence, while Imran Khan aims to get rid of corruption, what most Pakistanis – and Pashtuns – do not realize is that corruption is not our biggest enemy, it is extremism!

Furthermore, let’s not forget PTI’s strong support for the TTP, in addition to their support of JI’s opposition towards women’s rights and empowerment, as well as their promotion of religious intolerance. There is a reason why he is dubbed with apposite names such as “Taliban Khan” or being a “Taliban apologist.”

In a great article written by Jan Assakzai titled, Pashtuns beware of Imran Khan, he states the following realities, which I wholeheartedly agree with:

Unfortunately, Imran’s proposition regarding militancy in Pashtun areas if implemented in letter and spirit, may lead to these possible outcomes: first, the militants will likely to take over the whole of FATA. Second, FATA will become a defacto Taliban Emirate extending from Bajaur in the north to South Waziristan in the south (they have already established courts, police and kind of administrative shooras) further consolidating stranglehold around Pashtuns as any possible Imran-led governments in centre and province will simply turn a blind eye towards them…Supposedly, the infamous “Taliban” Khan forms a government in Khyber Pashtunkwha, it will have wider consequences for the province as well: since he believes that the Taliban are the Pashtun “resistance”, his possible government will simply acquiesce to their moving in to the settled districts of Khyber Pashtunkhwa adjacent to FATA.

Hence, it is no secret that the Taliban are not only anti-women’s rights, but they are also anti-education, anti-music, anti-Pashtunwali, even, to allow Imran Khan to practice “insaafi” (justice/equality) that he has so vehemently declared as the whole essence of his party, for the past few years. So, either Imran Khan becomes their puppet (which he is or has become, it seems), or he let go of all these blatant lies and hypocrisy and step up to the plate by standing true to his PTI manifesto – his “true” vision.

We, Pashtuns, certainly got our tsunami all right. A tsunami that will sweep our region clean of all liberal/secular ideologies – especially if Imran Khan loses sight of PTI’s vision – making way for a new world order; a world order that we will soon push us even further and further into the dark ages.

18 responses to “Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaaf (PTI) Winning Majority Seats In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: What This Means For Pashtuns

    • Thanks for your comment, Anonymous. How, may I dare to ask, is this writing “stupid”? Is it the writing itself or the arguments I’ve presented. Looks like I may have offended you and that, of course, was not my intention. Anyway, please elaborate on the whole “stupid” part. It would be much appreciated. Thanks again. 🙂

  1. There’s only one thing i would like to say, Why not give him a chance and see what he does. Even though I am not a die hard fan of Imran Khan, i support PTI and their stance. The thing is that, the people of KPK were not going to vote ANP anyway, not because of their secularism but because they faced loadshedding in their regime, believe me on this one. Plus, they didn’t have much choice. Giving JUI (F) and JI a heavy mandate was out of the question, Pakhtuns especially in the urban areas are too mature to be emotionally blackmailed by religious politics.

    • Thank you for dropping by, Mir Sana Ullah Khan, and for taking the time to leave your thoughtful comment. I agree with you that we should perhaps give Imran Khan a chance. Like you, I am not a fan of his either, but I’ve read the PTI manifesto and believe it or not, I find it brilliant! Imran Khan clearly did intend to bring change to Pakistan when he created that manifesto, and I love that it entails all the great ingredients like gender equality, women’s empowerment, better access to healthcare facilities, etc. that any progressive and developed nation SHOULD consist.

      However, whether or not he WILL actually put that manifesto into practice is a bit of a concern to me. But, we shall wait and see what happens. At this point, we’re all silent spectators. I know it’s hard for me to judge how things are over there, at the moment, as I don’t live there…not yet, anyway. But I am curious to see how all this pans out.

  2. I’m 1000% agreed with your opinions.Tsunami Restricted up to KhyberPakhtoonkhwa.Only pakhtuns out and casts fr him openly.Before selection Imran openly indicated that Talibans is react of Dronesattacks.This Mean that Taliban are pakhtuns who take their anger of drones frm rest pakistan.if he says Negotiations is Only way with Taliban I’m urge him plz check little past what happened wth ANP made dialogue wth Swat Taliban?Taliban moved toward Districts BUNER & SHANGLA “boundary Districts of swat”and Buner districts is 120+km away from peshawar,at little Taliban could take control of whole province..But fate of pakhtuns grew at that that time govt of ANP compelled to use force against Taliban & Alhamdulillah ANP beats them & adopted their.”swat,Buner” pakistan constitutions….
    My question from Imrankhan..Taliban openly say that we don’t accept constitutions of mean we don’t accept pak..Then negotiations wth thm possible???…But unfortunately sentimental pakhtuns against cheated by Name of Change…..Before Change slogan pakhtuns cheated by slogan of islam which arose by name of Taliban in swat.
    Now little turn to JI..Whom ruled in Malakand division b4 2008..MMA..the combine govt of JUI & JI…In them govt they had Filled Malakand division of explosives.BOMB,guns,rockets,suiciders so on..At that time in hand of pakhtuns guns seemed.after turned govt into ANP hand,they put pen in their hands and MalalaYousafzai like girl came ..& also today Swat,Buner,shangla are exactly safe of all these things Alhamdulillah..But un fortunately pakhtuns cheated by modern name now…Little turn to lahore. where imrankhan contrasted & has beaten by aggressive margin,”PMLN condition beaten him” ..Imran got beats in neighbor “lahore” but will be chief minister in foreign”KhyberPakhtoonkhwa”..But now leave Him how he will faces this all issues & how he can resolve this all in his 5yrs full strengthen KP his party has 35seats,Thru there slogan we need NayaKhyberPakhtoonkhwa..
    Alhamdulillah today I proudly say that my PK & NA both votes I have casts it fr ANP..this is mercy of my elders who providing us this thoughts that ANP is the party of pakhtuns Only.& Now I also knew it..But I’m waiting how I will see KP in 2018 NayaKP or TalibanKP!!!!

    • Wow, thank you so much for your comment, Fakhr wrora. I have to say, I am very impressed with your knowledge on political issues. I am still trying to get my head wrapped around this stuff, and I must admit, I find it extremely fascinating, distressing, shocking — all rolled into one. Your comment was very enlightening and I feel like I, too, learned a thing or two. I hope to write on more political issues in the future, granted I have the knowledge and understanding, of course. I feel like my blog is greatly lacking that aspect, as it can lead to some very important discussions.

      I look forward to reading about more interesting perspectives from you on future blog posts. Khushaal ow baryale wossey! 🙂

  3. Let it be a learning stage for the people of KP. If he couldn’t deliver, people would do the same to his party as they did to ANP and MMA.

    • Thanks for your comment, Rashid 🙂 And, yes, I agree with you. It seems like that will indeed be the ultimate result, as it has always been. :: sigh ::

  4. I like the part where you pretend like ANP has done wonders for the advancement of Pushtuns. You are basing your opinions on just one issue (taliban) and completely ignoring that the region needs economic progress (something ANP has failed to provide4decades). I’m no fanboy of Imran Khan & I see problems with his agendas. But I don’t like ANP’s nepotism & corruption as an alternative either. That being said,I’m not here to spark a political debate.U have ur qualms about IK & I have mine w/ ANP. Let’s leave it at that.

    • First of all, I never ‘glorified’ ANP in my article; in fact, I DID mention that they are with flaws and have been involved in corruption. However, corruption by an individual or a political party is nothing in comparison to that of an army establishment. According to this really great article written by Imran Khan (Twitter handle @ipoyne), in which he quotes statistics about corruption in KP in comparison to the other three provinces: Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh:

      “It would be ridiculous to claim that the ANP government was not involved in any corruption, but by the same token it would also be naïve to rely just on anecdotes to associate it with corruption at unmatched levels. If the accusations are true and corruption that widespread in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, then some indicator somewhere should capture it – especially when compared with other provinces.

      Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) is one such source. Its surveys for 2009 and 2010 provide estimates of the annual average provincial corruption expenditures. For both these years the sample from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had one of the ‘lowest’ corruption expenditures among the four provinces. For 2009, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa averaged at Rs3,454, while Punjab was Rs19,959. For 2010, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the ‘lowest’ among all provinces at Rs3,528, while the highest ie Punjab was at Rs17,791.”

      Source: Terror, corruption and the ANP

      (Btw, make sure you read this article in full; it’s VERY well-written and sheds light on the whole corruption deal in ANP, and how it’s NOT our biggest problem, but rather extremism/terrorism…it’s some great food for thought.)

      Oh, and just as an FYI, ANP hasn’t been ruling for decades per se, for there have been other parties that have also been in power. But, as for your comment pertaining to economic progress and other major developments, bear in mind that ANP is and was the ONLY party that provided three or four universities in a row in their five-year term; these included the Abdul Wali Khan University, the Bacha Khan University, and I believe Anbar (check spelling?) University. I know a lot of people will argue that these universities are “small” and all, but what these people don’t realize is that a university is a univetsity, regardless of how “big” or “small” they are; the same way that education is education, whether it is being taught at home or in a big, fancy-looking building. While funds are always being channeled into creating madrassas, there is a party that believes in investing in intellectually-based universities. Now, you tell me, wrora, what’s so wrong about that? 🙂

      Anyway, my point is that their (ANP’s) focus has always been on educational development, which is something Pashtuns desperately need! Again, I am not condoning that they are free from corruption, but we also need to look at the positives that they have contributed to KP and if PTI can even come close to the achievements that ANP has managed to bring forth to the region, then I, too, would accept PTI with open arms. However, we already know Taliban’s stance on education and we also know that Imran Khan Is pro-Taliban – you put two and two together and it’s pretty blatant that it would be a miracle if PTI even contributes to any sort of educational or intellectual developments in the region. And, I reiterate again, it is NOT corruption that we are suffering from, it is terrorism, oppression and extremism of the worst kind.

      Hope this makes my support for ANP over PTI a bit clearer, wrora. 🙂

  5. A very well written piece. Just to put the above achievements into bullet points and adding some more. I will also say that ANP’s govt wasn’t all gold n silver n they had their shortcomings too, also bearing in mind that it will take time to reap benefits of the below mentioned developments.

    (Copy pasted but its all true)

    ANP’s Achievements in last five years were much ns. Last 60 years, 6 universities. Last 5 years, 8 new universities.
    1. Bacha Khan University, Charsadda.
    2. Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan.
    3. Abdul Wali Khan University, Buner Campus.
    4. Abdul Wali Khan University, Jalozai Campus Noshehra.
    5. Abdul Wali Khan University, Chatral Campus.
    6. Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak.
    7. Islamia College University, Peshawar.
    8. Swat University, Swat.
    9. Swabi University, Swabi.
    10. Haripur University, Haripur.
    11. SBB University, Dir.
    12. SBB University, Chatral Campus.
    13. Bacha Khan Medical College, Mardan.
    14. Last 60 years 46 Degree Colleges, last 5 years 47 new Degree Colleges, in Pakhtunkhwa.
    15. Malakand Tunnel Project for better communication between Malakand and Mardan Division.
    16. Establishing Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company.
    17. Baizai Irrigation scheme, will irrigate 25,000 acres land.
    18. Store da Pakhtunkhwa scheme.
    19. Nawe Sahar (Laptop) scheme.
    20. Bacha Khan Khpal Rozgar scheme. Curtailing unemployment in the province.
    21. Renaming NWFP as Pakhtunkhwa. (Giving Pakhtuns their identity for the 1st time in history).
    22. Introducing Pashto as a Compulsary subject in the school to secure our Culture and history.
    23. Around 20 Hydropower plans throughout the province.
    24. Kurram Tangi Dam project for Lower Pakhtunkhwa districts.
    25. Mardan Sports Complex, Mardan.
    26. Abdul Wali Khan Sports Complex, Charsadda.
    27. Provincial autonomy.
    28. Establishing Pakhtunkhwa 1st International standard Zoo in Regi Model Town, Peshawar.
    29. Renaming Peshwar International Airport as Bacha Khan International Airport (remembering the names of our Heroes like Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, Qaude-Azam International Airport Karachi and Benazir International Airport Islamabad)
    30. Arbab Sikandar Khan fly over Peshawar, a lot of communication projects, by passes and extension of different Hospitals throughout Pakhtunkhwa.
    31. Establishing Torghar district, Approval of Abaseen division (Battagaram, Kohistan, Torghar, Ogai)

    • او څومرا غله يه کړي دا ؟………..د حرام په پيسو کا د جايز وي نو د افغانستان اپين او چرس ولي جايز نه دي ؟

  6. Dear sister Sesapzai, salams,
    Pakhtoons had only two options in this election. Either to re-elect ANP or to vote for PTI. JUI-F and JI were not the options – though still they came with considerable representation.
    ANP is used by the federal government for the war on militancy. PPP didnot suffer as such. ANP failed to realise how to tackle this issue except to open their chests and started fighting like bulls.
    No doubt ANP rendered many sacrifices and people do realise this – its discussed in every home – even small kids know these sacrifices. But people want a solution now. Its not the solution just to fight. Imran Khan is a new face and has no adversity with Taliban as such, mainly because he is constantly saying that its US war not our war. And that the Musharraf regime has brought this to our home. (And yet again only Pakhtoons are burning).
    Imran Khan is saying once we start talking with them there will be many who will be convinced. At the same time you will have to work to strengthen the Malik system of the tribal area again (many Maliks are killed and now they are very weak)
    There might be many who will not agree and they will not accept the writ of the government then wipe them out through full force.
    Remember that the Maliks of the tribal areas are very strong people if given proper assistance to them by the Government. In the tribal belt people know each other and they can identify who is from outside. Maliks have support of the local people. This way their whole network can be weekened.
    If they still donot agree then full force will be used with the consent of the local tribal elders and with the support of all political forces.
    Remember that there are still people who are not in favour of operations and thats the real problem when you are going for a war.
    When there is a consensus across the country then they will definetly be finished Insha Allah.
    I know its not that easy as I wrote here, however, a new government with new faces matters alot.
    FATA is in the jurisdiction of Islamabad but still Taliban fought with the Pakhunkhwa Government and didnot target the PPP goverment as such.
    Leaders try to save their people diplomatically. ANP killed themselves as well as the people.
    Lets hope, pray and support Imran Khan to wipe out terrorism.
    By the way I can realise the power of the tribal elders if you give them support.

  7. Points to be noted:
    “Corruption is not our biggest enemy”
    While it is the main reason of all sort of extremism in that area. While everyone knows that sort of extremism is growing there just because people have no access to basic facilities of life, no access to Education so the only way of getting education is Madrassa.
    Especially in the tribal belt (also known as Dubai for the bureaucrats) where people still living under the draconian FCR, literally have no access to any basic human facility of life. While the bureaucrats there live their lives like kings since last 60 years. Where even the schools are given to the influential’s as gifts by government not for the purpose of education but just for the sake that they will safeguard the government interests. So the ultimate result of that belt is no education and extreme form of corruption, religious extremism and intolerance, which now sharing the whole country in a way.
    As far as ANP is concerned with all respect to Bacha khan and Wali khan, the current ANP is trying to survive on corrupt dynastic politics which is in practice in that country since last 60 years that system is just capable of breeding crooks like Azam khan Hoti, whom everyone know very well.
    While regarding secular and liberal stand of ANP is considered I still remember a case in 90s when a Pashtun educated girl was gunned down in Lahore by a member of ANP( actually that member was the father of that girl) in the name of honor and the stand of ANP was hypocritical and far from human rights principles. If you don’t have information you can know about that case from Mrs. Asma Jahangir (HRCP), while that girl was staying in her shelter centre Dastak.
    As far as PTI win is concerned Pasthuns have no other option but to try someone new at least in the name of hope and change. So let give them a chance if they can deliver, it will bring some moments of joy and peace, while the fact is Pashtuns are always trap in the line of fire, since last 3000 years history shows the same picture but as a brave nation always try to rebuild them after each catastrophe and never give up their hopes and one day hopefully they will get that hope of peace. As one Pashtun writer says
    “Never give up your struggle even in the jaw of lion”
    So let’s hope for a better future and never just assume things will always get in wrong direction.

  8. As you say in your blog Pakhtuns are not anti-America, “per se”. They have nothing against America. It is the ideological stance, their doctrine of confrontation and interference; which, scoffs us Pakhtuns. Please try asking the older generation or read books about it. When the USSR forced an entry in the northern part of Afghanistan, it was none other than the US establishment who missed the unfolding events, west of the Durand line. With that, in sight, a large number of proxies started to sprout all over the region. Our land was drenched in war hit refugees, crossing in hundreds of thousands each day, going on for months and years. We saw an increase; in gun culture, the AK-47 Kalashnikov was the fad at the time [in excess of our traditional propensity], the drugs culture, again in excess of our traditional level, earlier we smoke cannabis, then the wrath of opiate inundated our young generation rendering them to the point that we were left unproductive, losing the race to others. Crime rate was on the rise ever since we became hosts.

    The establishment in Islamabad, mostly from the fertile regions, left all of this to drip on us, we had to host millions first in camps and then everything got out of control.

    Now this is a long discussion and surely I am up for it, but not in the comment box of social media. More of a workshop would be acceptable. A war of minds, in real life will do wonders. To cut it short, when Afghanistan was liberated, the many times it had to; our people were left to dry in the sun. I remember many INGOs migrating with the repatriating communities without looking back. Peshawar and the rest of the province were at the centre of the transit of weapons to the mujahedeen with heavy influx of dollars to fund the war, a battle to finish communist Soviet Union. It was not in the interest of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and most certainly not of US aspirations. Study history, find out why there was a local war or insurgency especially after some westerner came in to this region and went back with findings about interminable resource [regionally Baluchistan and most of Afghanistan. Once an American who was living in Peshawar at the time told me that this place is a goldmine, its inhabitants cannot grasp this, and until they do, we must filch away as much as we can. Nowadays, he lives in Afghanistan working to better the lives of Afghan. Why has the eastern side not felt the brunt of it all? Our people have been made into commodities not because we fetch monies; but, because, we are humble, we are loyal, we have no fear, and we defy death when it stares at us in the eye. Ask any one in the Pakistan’s military establishment [or even study its history] this one question: When the enemies’ strength is not known, when the area is not reckonable, when we are short resources and not ready for the unexpected, who do we send first to battle?” and the answer, 9/10 times will be a Pathan unit or the Frontier Force Regiment. The bravest of all the pride!

    One thing is when a Pathan looks you in the eye, he knows who you are and when you prove it likewise; it is the Pathan that kicks you in the butt. We Pathans have been burned many times and so many times have we kick butt; now, that is the history of political parties in here. As far as tolerance is concerned, a person can only tolerate so much. Beyond that it becomes hypocrisy. Religion is private; but, what is wrong must be public. As for the dandy manifesto, the realisation is yet to be seen, let us not be pre-judgemental let us give him time, by God, we gave sixty odd years to plunderers, what harm can it do if we let them serve time for us for five years. As for the rape, that is minor. I have spoken to/ interviewed rape victims, religion aside, socially rape victims are better off incarcerated, as they many a time are persecuted in their homes by none other than women themselves. Taunted and tormented, thrown out of social circles as if plagued, come on, all this feminist rhetoric is all swell. Instead of condemning our religion’s value set we must improve our social wit. As for your reference to Jan Assakzai’s piece, I admire the carriage he takes; but, my question is, “Does this ‘pasthunwali’ allow women wearing tight jeans and chiffon shirts that pronounces our bodies, or does it allow men and women dancing/ singing/ smoking/ drinking together or at all. Where in this code is the allowance that women can go around celebrating every month with a new boyfriend. Come on this was not the norm of our ancestors or do we, in the name of liberation call our forefathers wrong. As far the sprouting of Taliban social structures are concerned, I believe FATA has been in the federal domain and what has happened there has been because of no attention being given. The running of the region is with the governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at the behest of the president. He dubs it as a resistance and it is rightly one. In IK’s ideology this resistance is not a war threat, but development opportunity. Since the creation of Pakistan a worm’s ass has been done these people, adding to that, the recent events of history have thrown Pakhtuns against the wall. Obviously, they are disgruntled and the only pacifier which is logical is sitting with them and talking a way to fulfilling their socio-economic needs

    The west used us to promote their value sets, unfortunately the American was right of us we won’t know it till we are left bare and naked. Or how about this; what if, we take our own clothes off and write ‘pasthunwali’ all over our body. Wouldn’t that be some liberalism we achieve?

    Conclusion: we know that time heals wounds and it preaches well. And here the bottom line must be;
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  9. ګني چي د امريکي کاشوغه څوک نه وي هغه به تور وي ………..زما د يو څو ټکي د هر هغه چاته څوک چي د امريکي په خاوره اوسي ټيکس ورکوي او حقه خبرا نشي کولي چي 9 11 ټوله ډرامه سازه کړي شوي وا
    ځه هم ځواب غواړم چي اخر ستاسو ضمير دومرا مړ شو ؟

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