from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the predominant ethnic group of Afghanistan and parts of western Pakistan.
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- adj. Of or relating to the Pashtuns (a segmentary-lineage ethnic group currently numbering some 50 million people, which is the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and the second largest in Pakistan), or to their culture.
- n. A Pashtun person: a member of the Pashtun ethnic group, or of a Pashtun tribe.
- n. A Pashto-speaking person.
- proper n. Pashto: the language of the Pashtun ethnic group.
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- n. a member of the mountain people living in the eastern regions of Afghanistan
- n. an ethnic minority speaking Pashto and living in northwestern Pakistan and southeastern Afghanistan
The best thing to do is to RESTORE A UNIFIED PASHTUN STATE, because such a single unified ethnic state would have the political unity to competently administer over the people and to eliminate the Taliban, who are overwhelmingly Pashtun.
Likewise we label Pashtun armies as "Taliban" to make the war look winnable.
The entire idea of invading Pakistan is patently ridiculous, even though the necessity of a massive intervention of forces in Pashtun seems entirely necessary.
On September 4, 1892, the fruit monopoly era began with Abd al-Rahman issuing a deed of partnership in the export fruit trade to Nur Muhammad, a Taraki Pashtun from the Jalalabad district.
The sober austerity struck me as very "Pashtun" - not at all like the stereotype of a sensuous, mystical "Sufi Islam" as opposed to some other essentialized "strict Islam".
Contrary to the dire warnings of members of Washington's War Party such a process could actually help create some level of stability in Afghanistan as Pakistan and India help establish sphere of influence there: Pakistan will maintain its influence in the so-called Pashtun-belt in the south where a the Taliban could emerge as the major local player, while India exert its own influence in the north of Afghanistan.
Often described as Pashtun nationalists, this hardline religious and political movement would govern Afghanistan ruthlessly for the next five years.
The Pashtun were the dominant force when the Taliban were the central government.
Punjabi, Sindhi, Pathan (also called Pashtun), Baloch, Muhajir (immigrants from India at the time of partition and their descendants)
BLITZER: So you think it would be a mistake for the Northern Alliance to go into Kandahar, where are the Pashtun are the most secure?