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PASHTUN HISTORY

A WORLD VIEW OF THE PASHTUN

" Women in Pashtun society enjoy more security in every respect than their sisters in other South Asian societies. The lady of the house is virtual queen in her domain and many fire-breathing male members of the family are at their best behavior in front of the older females especially grandmothers and aunts. The Pashtun women are formidable characters, which they have to be for survival in an unforgiving environment"

S.Iftikhar Hussain

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"Yours is the true non-violence, it is the non-violence of the strong, not the non-violence of the weak and starving."

Mahatma Gandhi 

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"...Every man is a warrior, a politician and a theologian Every large house is a real feudal fortress.... Nothing is ever forgotten and very few debts are left unpaid."

Sir Winston Churchill 

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A Pashtun leader once told Elphinstone:

"....We never will be content with a master".

 

"The Pathans are fond of liberty, faithful to their friends, kind to their dependents, hospitable, brave, hardy, frugal, laborious and prudent".

 The Hon Mount Stuart Elphinstone 

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"The very name Pashtun spells honor and glory; Lacking that honor, what is the Afghan story?..."

"I despise the man who does not guide his life by honour. The very word “honour” drives me mad."

 

"Pull out your sword and slay any one, that says Pashtun and Afghan are not one! Arabs know this and so do Romans: Afghans are Pashtuns, Pashtuns are Afghans.

Khushal Khan Khattak

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"He (a Pathan) is withal a proud man, prone to meet scorn with scorn, and ever ready to return blow for blow. Pride of race, consciousness of natural rights and intolerance of injustice are the remarkable traits of the Pakhtun character"

George W. Gilbertson

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While in fight with pakhtuns in arachosia (now kandahar) and said, I am involved in the land of leonine (lion-like) and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a well of steel, confronting my soldiers. You have brought only one son into the world but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.

Alexander The Great

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The Pathans are known for their physical strength. They are tall, light-coloured and handsome... They are diligent and intelligent, faithful to an exemplary degree and are known in the world as outstanding hosts.

In the book Lost Tribes from Assyria by A Avihail

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"A curious thing was the water supply for the Block Houses. This came by a pipe-line laid over the hills from the pumping station below. The pipe could have been easily cut by the Pathans, but this was never done. They considered rules as necessary in warfare as we did. Cutting the water pipes of the Raj would be as immoral as the use by us of poison gas."

'Memoirs of a Junior Officer' (1951) M.C.A. Henniker

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"Our dealing with Pashtuns was a gentleman's game. No matter how poor a Pashtun was, he might meet the King of England or the Viceroy of India but he'd look him in the eye and shake hands with him as if to say, I'm as good a man as you are."

Colonel 'Buster' Goodwin 

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 "The pride of the Pashtun is a marked feature of their national character. They eternally boast of their descent, their prowess in arms and their independence and cap it all by "am I not a Pashtun."

H.W. Bellew on Pashtuns

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If there were no NWFP province in Pakistan. I am sure that at least Kashmir was ours we salute Pathans

 

Pashtuns regard hospitality as a "sacred duty and safety of the guest as inviolable", "You can give defeat to the pashtun nation but you won't be able to accept the defeat upon them..."

By Indian General in Siachin War

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Pashtun might be a loving friend or a deadly enemy.

 

A Pashtun violent nature, strong body and tender heart make a very unstable combination for living, but an ideal one for poetry, love and color.

 

"Pashtun is not merely a race but, in fact, a state of mind; there is a Pashtun lying inside every man, who at times wakes up and overpowers him."

 

"The Pashtuns are a rain-sown wheat: they all came up on the same day; they are all the same. But the chief reason why I love a Pashtuns is that he will wash his face and oil his beard and perfume his locks and put on his best pair of clothes when he goes out to fight and die."

Ghani Khan

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“Pukhtoon with love will accompany you to hell but with force not even to heaven”

 

"I have one great desire. I want to rescue these gentle, brave, patriotic people from the tyranny of the foreigners who have disgraced and dishonored them."

 

"The only thing we'll ever agree on is that we will never agree on anything.”

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (Bacha Khan)

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When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and
go to your gawd like a soldier.


Rudyard Kipling

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THE PASHTUN TRUST

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Birmingham B10 9TA

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